July 26, 2021: “Whisky is liquid sunshine”, says the towering literary figure and Nobel awardee, George Bernard Shaw. He sums up the stress-free transcendental feeling and aura, that people across the globe experience after a tedious day at work by indulging in this blonde to red liquor! In Scotland, whisky was originally called Uisge Beath. Uisge Beath is the Scottish Gaelic translation of the Latin term for distilled alcohol: “acqua vitae”, or “water of life”. Well how glorious is goes, the water of life in the form of liquid sunshine! While day drinking is seen as bad manners in absolutely all cultures and timelines, an exception can surely be made one a year, on the spectacular Scotch Whisky Day! So sink in today, and let the ‘water of life’ rejuvenate you with a new zest for life! After all, it’s Scotch Whisky Day 2021 folks!
Scotch Whisky Day 2021: How this day came to be!
The Babylonians of Mesopotamia were presumably among the first to distil alcohol in 2nd millennium BC. It comes from the prevalent practice of distilling most perfumes and aromatics.
Records of the distillation of alcohol for the purpose of drinking date range back to 13th century Italy, where harder alcohols were distilled from wine. In no time, this practice of distillation use popularised through medieval monasteries and was used largely for medicinal purposes, like in treating smallpox and other illnesses.
The process of distillation took time to get vogue in today’s Great Britain as late as the 15th century, and the first evidence of whisky production in Scotland comes from an entry in the Exchequer Rolls for 1494 where malt is sent “To Friar John Cor, by order of the king, to make aquavitae”, enough to make about 500 bottles.
Gradually, whisky production moved out of a monastic setting and into personal homes and farms when King Henry VIII of England abolished and brought down all the monasteries in his country because of his fallout with the Pope, leaving the monks jobless and in need of ways to earn a livelihood.
Today, the distillation process has gotten way more complex than in those days when the whisky itself was not allowed to age, meaning it must have tasted much more raw than it does today.
July 27 was marked to celebrate Scotch Whisky Day in honour of this classic alcoholic beverage in all of its glory and remind people that Ballantine’s is not as good as it gets!
Tips to celebrate Scotch Whisky Day 2021
Hundreds of Scottish distilleries in the home country have gone unnoticed and unexplored, and certainly these rank among those that make whisky better than you’ve ever tried before!
Luckily, you have a day just to enjoy the authenticity of the brand!
It’s a hoax that all good Scotch whiskies cause a dime! If you want to bring back that heat to the lungs, why not today? One can order in, 5 or 6 miniatures—or more, if its going to be a party of people raising toasts and all, to enjoy an evening of sampling the unique whiskies Scotland has to offer.
Ten, 12 and even 15-year-old single malt Scotch whisky miniatures can be purchased for under £5 and are sure to help you understand why this drink is loved worldwide.
Well, it’s going to be not that smooth and silky down your throat if the strong liquor isn’t accompanied by some snacks! It’s time to buy from that finger lacking snacks list, you daydream about!
Cheeses like Roquefort go well with many whiskies, as does high-quality dark chocolate. For those goaling for some ethnicity and nostalgia, try a simple meat dish like slow-roasted pork spareribs.
Perk it up with some cool films that would gel perfectly with the day or perhaps the mood of the day! The Angel’s Share, is an acclaimed Scottish comedy-drama about a man trying to get his life back on track after narrowly avoiding a prison sentence. The titular “angel’s share”, is what distilleries call the portion (share) of a whisky’s volume that is lost to evaporation during aging in oak barrels.