Whether you are someone living in a predominantly Muslim country or otherwise, if you like drinking and if you prefer whiskey over any other form of alcohol, then this list is definitely for you. Baaghi TV presents some interesting facts and perhaps lesser known trivia for whiskey lovers across the globe.
1 Glenfiddich is the world’s best-selling single malt.
2.Johnnie Walker Red Label is the world’s best-selling Scotch.
3. The Famous Grouse is the best-selling whisky in Scotland.
4. Glenmorangie is the best-selling single malt in Scotland.
5. The world’s fastest growing Scotch today is Black Dog. India is a major contributor to its sales.
6. The five most popular single malts globally are Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, Glenmorangie Original, Aberlour and Laphroaig.
7. Bruichladdich’s The Octomore is the most heavily peated whisky in the world (167ppm).
8. The three oldest single malts currently sold are Glenturret, Oban and Glenlivet.
9. The oldest distillery in Scotland is Glenturret (1775), followed by Bowmore (1779).
10. 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.
11. Cadenhead’s 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.
12. Edradour is the smallest distillery in Scotland. The entire operation is run by just three people.
13. The Glenmorangie distillery is one of the smallest in the Highlands and employs just sixteen craftsmen, called ‘The Sixteen Men of Tain’.
14. The most expensive country in which to buy Scotch, ironically, is the UK, where it is made.
15. In the UK, 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.
16. 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.
17. The Australian Wine Research Institute 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.
18. 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 breath analyser.
19. 18,000 litres of Scotch whisky worth over $800,000 were accidentally flushed down the drain at Chivas Brothers’ Dumbarton bottling plant in 2013.
20. Experts advise you to drink single malt with just a dash of water. The water supposedly ‘releases the serpent’ from the whisky
21. If there is a serpent, there is also an angel. As it ages, 2-2.5 % of the whisky maturing in a barrel is lost to evaporation every year. Distillers refer to this as the ‘angel’s share’.
22. There is also a devil. The whisky absorbed by the wood of barrel during maturation is known as the ‘devil’s cut’
23. Indian ‘whisky’ is technically flavoured rum, because it’s essentially made from sugar.
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