World Whisky Day: Everything you need to know

EVENTS are taking place all over the globe tomorrow to celebrate the wonderful world of whisky.

All you need to take part is some good pals and a bottle to share with them.

When is World Whisky Day?

Whisky fans should mark May 21 in their diary.

What is it?

World Whisky Day is all about making whisky fun and enjoyable. It’s not about being exclusive or prescriptive. You can drink it however you enjoy it (ice, water, mixer – whatever works for you). It’s a day for all people to enjoy any kind of whisky from anywhere in the world.

How can I take part?

You can find a World Whisky Day event happening near you and go along to taste some wonderful whiskies and meet loads of other fun people. There are loads of events happening all over Scotland. Some events are free and some are ticketed. Better stilll, you can organise and register your own event. House party anyone?

What if I’ve never tried whisky before?

Then what better time to start? Everyone is encouraged to try whisky, even if they don’t normally drink it at other times in the year. Be brave and sample something new for one day only. But we bet you’ll discover a new favourite drink if you treat your tastebuds to a new dram or two.

Do I need to drink whisky neat?

Not if you don’t fancy it. Why not try a whisky cocktail instead? There are endless combinations and concoctions for you to try. Hunt down some easy recipes to try at home or get your favourite bar to make one for you on World Whisky Day. Guaranteed they’ll jump at the chance to impress you.

Where can I drink whisky?

Besides your local, or favourite city bar, you can make the most of Whisky Day by taking a tour of a distillery and finding out more about the amazing drink.

Some of Scotland's whisky distilleries are the smallest, the oldest and, debatably, the most beautiful in the country.

1. Deanston Distillery and Visitor Centre (Doune)

Owned by Burn Stewart Distillers, this Perthshire distillery is home to the Deanston 12-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Scottish Leader Blended Whisky. Having been a cotton mill for 180 years, Deanston was transformed into a distillery in the 1960s and has been distilling whisky using traditional methods ever since. Visitors can experience the sights, smells and sounds of a true working distillery and learn how they hand craft their great whisky which is sweet, fruity with a malty honeyed spiciness on the palate.

2. Tullibardine (Blackford)

Set in the beautiful Perthshire countryside at the gateway to the Highlands, family-owned Tullibardine Distillery is a real gem as it continues to operate in the traditional way, without modern day computer technology, giving visitors a real insight to the whisky distillation process. The history of Tullibardine as a location for brewing and distilling is one of the oldest in Scotland and it makes much of its use of fresh, spring water from the surrounding Ochil Hills.

3. Glenturret (Crieff)

The perfect day out for all the family at Scotland’s oldest distillery. The Glenturret Distillery is a hidden gem, set on the banks of the river Turret in the beautiful town of Crieff and only an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Novices and whisky enthusiasts alike will enjoy the distillery tours, with a chance to see the Guinness World Record for the largest bottle of whisky.

4. Edradour (Pitlochry)

Edradour is world renowned as the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland and arguably the most unique. Dating back to 1825, Edradour, stands alone as the last stronghold of handmade single malt whisky from a farm distillery still in production today. And, with matchless commitment to retaining authentic small scale production, Edradour uniquely boasts over 25 distinctive expressions of Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky with their wonderful characters and flavours.

5. Blair Athol (Pitlochry)

Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland and produces a 12-year-old Single Malt Whisky, with a mellow deep-toned aroma, a strong fruity flavour and a smooth finish. It is also used in the Bell’s Blend, the most popular blended whisky in the UK and a leading brand in South Africa and Scandinavia. Now a subsidiary of Diageo, the distillery has a hugely popular visitor centre which attracts around 30,000 visitors a year. After absorbing a few secrets of the distillers’ art on a leisurely conducted tour, you can mull over the distinctive character of the finished article as you sip your complimentary dram.

6. Dewars World of Whisky (Aberfeldy)

Since 1898 the stills at Aberfeldy Distillery have produced a beautifully balanced single malt whisky, whish lies at the heart of Dewar’s multi-award winning premium blends. Tours of the traditional distillery take place throughout the day and include access to the atmospheric warehouse. There’s also a unique heritage centre offering interactive challenges and fascinating company archives.

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