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Celebrate World Whisky Day in Scotland

May 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Get 'in the spirit' of Homecoming Whisky Month by taking part in one of the hundreds of events happening all over the globe in celebration of World Whisky Day.

As part of Homecoming 2014, May has been designated Whisky Month - and this Saturday, May 17, is World Whisky Day.

Whisky Month provides a month-long, country-wide celebration of Scotland's national drink, exploring the culture, heritage and skilled craftsmanship that make it our national drink - one that is as uniquely Scottish as the landscape and people that created it. Across Scotland distilleries not normally open to the public will be opening their doors to visitors and there are an array of local events taking place.

The official Whisky Month celebratory programme consists of 19 events, showcasing the very best of Scotland's food, drink, music, culture and heritage.

World Whisky Day

As part of these celebrations, World Whisky Day will be held on Saturday, with over 1,400 events staged across the world, which are expected to attract around 145,000 people in a bid to find the perfect place to enjoy a dram responsibly. Two main events will take place in Edinburgh and Aberdeen and all other events taking place both in Scotland and globally will be streamed online through the World Whisky Day website. If you can't find an event near you why not host your own, all you need is some whisky to share with friends.

World Whisky Day is about giving people who might not normally drink whisky the chance to try the 'water of life' and to drink it the way they most enjoy - whether that's with water, ice, a mixer or straight up. The Day is all about enjoying a responsible dram.ay 16, if you want to enter.

Did you know?

  • The world's oldest bottle of whisky is more than 150 years old - Rumoured to have been bottled between 1851 and 1858, a 400ml bottle of Glenavon Special Liqueur Whisky is the Guinness World Record holder
  • Whisky stored in barrels gradually evaporates at a rate of 2% a year, which is referred to as the famous 'angel's share'
  • Scotch whisky can only be called Scotch when it has been left for a minimum of three years to age in casks, in Scotland - although some distilleries hold casks of whisky which are up to 70+ years old

To find out more about Scotch whisky and distelleries visit our Scotch Whisky Experience page.

To find out more about alcohol licensing in Scotland visit our Alcohol Licensing Hours page.

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