(Noun) 1. The term whisky comes from the Gaelic 'uisge beatha', or 'usquebaugh', meaning 'water of life'. Gaelic is that branch of Celtic traditionally spoken in the Highlands of Scotland.
All the rumours you've heard are true - the Scots drink Whisky! And they do it well - did you know; Scottish people are the largest consumers of Spirits in the UK?! Mwhahaha. There's approx. 20 million casks that lie maturing in warehouses all over Scotland, resulting in a mass variety of Whisky tastes being introduced to the world, and it would seem that being a connoisseur of all things whisky is intoxicatingly enjoyable!
Think about it... Whisky is made up from multiple botanicals, various grains and barely and fresh spring water. Alcohol is generally associated with bad lifestyle choices, liver problems and unpredictable outcomes, but Whisky has its benefits: it helps you maintain a healthy weight as it has no fat and very little sodium, it has been proven than whisky can boost your cognitive performance and reduce your chances of developing Dementia, heart health is another! Those who drink a moderate amount of whisky (regularly), have just shy of a 50% chance of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. There's more where pro's to whisky here.
If you're going have a dram, do it right! Here's how...
It’s common for bars here to stock 40 or 50 different bottles of Scotch; 150 bottles, all malt, is not that rare. I think it is a cultural thing – we’re very patriotic, don’t forget
Here's some fun facts:
- Drinkers in the UK often choose to enjoy it with just a little water, but in Spain they mix it with cola. In Japan Scotch is enjoyed with lots of water and ice, and in China with cold green tea.
- Scotch Whisky is sold in around 200 markets worldwide.
- Scotch Whisky sells three times its nearest rival whisky.