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Whisky Month – Time to celebrate

Whether you’re a whisky novice or a real connoisseur, the month of May is mouth wateringly inviting to those keen on celebrating Scotland’s national drink. Time to dust down your beloved quaich and get involved!

The term ‘whisky’ is known to have evolved from Gaelic “uisge beatha”, meaning water of life. Gaelic a derivative of the Celtic Language which is spoken in the Scottish Highlands, even to this day.

Whisky has been distilled in Scotland for hundred of years and is an intrinsic part of Scottish life. It is believed to have been brought about by christian monks who were well known for guarding the secrets of formation and distillation.

The craft of distilling and maturing has continually evolved and has been passed down the generations, resulting in a continual process of improvement and refinement.

Selecting a dram at times can be a particularly confusing task given the choices presented. Not only is there complex and intricate flavours to contend with, but there are varying types to choose from too. These are commonly known as malt, grain and blended.

Scotland is split into five distinctive whisky-producing regions. Speyside, Highlands, Islay, Cambletown and Lowlands. The same basic process is used to produce the whisky throughout each region but subtle variations often result in a unique blend of characteristics and flavours.

One of the best ways to discover more about the grain based delight would be to visit one of the many distilleries and experience the fascinating whisky trail. A behind the scenes journey, which of course allows a unique nosing and tasting session, guaranteed to warm the old cockles.

The true popularity of whisky came after 15th century Scotland and is now enjoyed by a considerable amount of enthusiasts from all over the world. With an estimated 36 bottles exported every second, this hard to comprehend fact speaks volumes.

Whether it be The Glenlivet 21 year old archive, encompassing a fascinating blend of rich chocolate, full malt, citrus, sherry and a light smokey note, or an amazingly rich floral Laphroaig Islay Single Malt, featuring barley, liquorice, and treacle, its time to appreciate and celebrate.

Scotland has always been, and will always be, very proud of its rich whisky heritage.

Without any further ado, please grab your preferred blend and raise a dram to whisky month. Heres to the past, present and future of the spirited, flavoursome and much loved national tipple!