World Whisky Day 2014

WWD2Because some drinks deserve their own holiday.

World Whisky Day was founded in 2012 by Blair Bowman, a Scottish graduate student at the University of Aberdeen and whisky enthusiast. It initially started out as a Facebook page and encouragement to enjoy such a wonderful drink. However, it struck a nerve and to quote a common parlance, “blew up.” By the time March 27 arrived, there were over 200 events in every continent on Earth except Antarctica by over 20,000 people. People love them some Scotch, it seems.

As do we here at Scotchology. Though this website has only been around for a few months, we’ve been drinking Scotch together as a group of friends in a more formal fashion for almost a year, and thought it was time to step up our game and host a World Whisky Day tasting celebration. We’re all independently fun, not independently wealthy, so a trip to Edinburgh or a huge extravaganza was out of the question. Instead, we’re taking what we do together as friends every month and broadening our scope just a bit.

We’re inviting about a dozen other people over on Saturday. There’ll be hearty snacks and good company throughout the afternoon. What’s more, we wanted to gear this tasting for people of all whisky experience levels, so will be doing some brief talks about the world of Scotch and whisky in general, not to mention detailing each featured whisky.

So what are we drinking, exactly? We’re glad you asked. To celebrate the global nature of World Whisky Day, we endeavored to find quality whiskeys from all over the world. This required much tasting to find the right ones. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. Without further ado, here are the guests of honor and the place they hail from:

Knappogue Castle 12 year (Ireland)
Yamazaki 12 year (Japan)
Mackmyra First Edition (Sweden)
Penderyn (Wales)
McCarthy’s (Oregon, United States)
Ardbeg 10 year (Scotland)

While not exhaustive by any means, we felt this provided a wonderful sampling of some excellent whiskeys that many people may not have tried before. Good company, good whisky, good exploration. That’s what Scotchology is all about. And of course, there will be reviews here of all the above in the coming weeks.

We encourage you take a few moments or more this coming Saturday, May 17, to appreciate whiskey of any kind (but really, you know it’s going to be Scotch). Take the time to enjoy it, especially if you haven’t had any in a long time. Reacquaint yourself with its wonders. Even better, find a friend or two to share the experience, and let us know how it goes in the comment section below.

Happy World Whisky Day, from all of us here at Scotchology!