Whiskey Trivia

Some pegs of info. on Whiskey

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  • The world's most expensive bottle of Scotch whisky is Isabellas Islay ($6.2 million).
  • The oldest Scotch whisky on the market is the Aisla T’Orten 105 years old, distilled in 1906 and launched on April Fool's Day 2011. It costs $1.43 million.
  • Glenfiddich is the world's best-selling single malt. (Wiki)
  • Johnnie Walker Red Label is the world's best-selling Scotch. (Wiki)
  • The Famous Grouse is the best-selling whisky in Scotland. (Wiki)
  • Glenmorangie is the best-selling single malt in Scotland. The Glenmorangie distillery is one of the smallest in the Highlands and until 2008 employed just sixteen staff for the process of distillation, called ‘The Sixteen Men of Tain’.
  • The world's fastest growing Scotch today is Black Dog. India is a major contributor to its sales.
  • The five most popular global single malts are Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet (Distillery), Glenmorangie Original, Aberlour (Distillery) and Laphroaig (Distillery).
  • The Octomore from Bruichladdich (Distillery) is the most heavily peated whisky in the world (167ppm).
  • The three oldest single malts currently sold are Glenturret (Distillery), Oban (Distillery) and Glenlivet.
  • The oldest distillery in Scotland are Glenturret (1775) (Distillery), followed by Bowmore (1779)(Distillery).
  • Edradour (Distillery) is the smallest distillery in Scotland. The entire operation is run by just three people.
  • With each bottle of Laphroaig that you buy, you are entitled to a lifetime lease of one sq foot of the distillery’s land, along with a personalized certificate of ownership.
  • Cadenhead Whisky Shop on Canongate, has a unique selling point: customers can have a bottle poured straight from a cask and labeled with their name. When sealed it has a label with the ‘born on date’, as whisky stops aging as soon as it leaves the wooden barrel, so each bottle is a unique blend.
  • The highest price paid at an auction for a bottle of Scotch was $631,850 for a 6-liter The Macallan “M” single malt, in a decanter by Lalique. (The highest price paid at an auction for a standard sized Scotch was $460,000 for a 64-year-old Macallan malt whisky)
  • Whiskey is most expensive in the country where it is made, the UK. And in its home country, the five most popular blended Scotch whiskies are The Famous Grouse, William Grant’s, Bell’s, Teacher’s and J&B Rare. Note: Johnnie - Walker does not feature in the list of best-selling blends in its home country.
  • A closed bottle of Scotch can be kept for 100 years and still be good to drink. After opening, a bottle of Scotch whisky will remain good for five years.
  • The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) has introduced a measure called a standard drink. In Australia, a standard drink contains 10 g (12.67 ml) of alcohol, the amount that an average adult male can metabolize in one hour.
  • Although their proof differs, standard drinks of beer, wine and spirits contain the same amount of alcohol – 0.6 ounces each. They’re all the same to a breathalyzer.
  • Around 18,000 litres of Scotch whisky worth over $800,000 were accidentally flushed down the drain at Chivas Brother's Dumbarton bottling plant in 2013.
  • Experts advise you to drink single malt with just a dash of water. The water supposedly ‘releases the devil’ from the whisky
  • If there is a devil, there is also an angel. As it ages, 2-2.5 % of the whisky maturing in a barrel is lost to evaporation every year which the distillers refer to as the "angel’s share". And the whisky absorbed by the wood of the barrel during maturation is known as the "devil's cut".
  • Some sources claim that the Irish whiskey distillers brought the Irish custom of triple distillation with them to Scotland. Auchentoshan was probably started by Irish settlers, led by the MacBeathas, starting this custom. The source of the name Auchentoshan is Gaelic. It means 'corner of the field'.
  • The United States and Ireland spell it as 'whiskey'. If it comes from a country without an ‘e’ in its spelling ('whisky'), then it is from Scotland, Canada, Japan, India, etc.
  • Indian 'whisky' is technically flavoured rum, because it's essentially made from sugar.

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