There's a reason so much has been written about whisky. From
its rich history to legendary drinkers to ways to enjoy it, whisky
continues to inspire people to tell its tale. We've put together
some of our favourite facts for your enjoyment.
To “E” or not to “E”?
The answer can be traced back to Irish whisky makers adding an
'e' to distinguish themselves from Scottish whisky. As a rule,
whisky produced in Ireland or America is spelled with an "e" while
Scottish and other whiskies of the world are not.
There are over 100 distilleries in Scotland but 5 major
regions produce the famous drink: The Highlands, Lowlands,
Campbeltown, Speyside and Islay. These regions are famous for their
own style of whisky distinguishable by character and flavour.
For whisky to be called Scotch, it must be matured in Scotland
in oak casks for at least three years and one day by law.
Water of Life
The Gaelic term for whisky is "uisage beatha" which comes from
the Latin, "aqua vitae." This means water of life. This definition
gives some indication to the kind of reverence whisky has inspired
The Angel Share
Every year, about 2% of whisky held in barrels evaporates.
This is known as the Angels Share.