Whisky fun facts

1. Master blenders nose about 2,000 whiskies a week and taste about four. Whiskies are nosed at about 20% alcohol to assess quality and character.

(Source: Pernod Ricard)

2. Grain whisky was first made in 1830, while malt whisky was first created in 1494.

(Source: Pernod Ricard)

3. A 30 ml pour of scotch contains about 66 calories less than a banana (89)

(Reference: Chivas, but might differ slightly from brand to brand).

4. Scotland literally has more whiskey casks than people! The ratio is legitimately 4:1 (four barrels of whisky to every person living in Scotland).

5. Ironically, John Jameson (founder of Jameson’s Irish whisky) was actually Scottish.

6. Casks are what give whisky their colour. Before a whisky matures in its cask, it’s colourless.

7. Whisky stops ageing once it’s bottled, but a closed bottle of whisky has an unreal shelf life – it can keep for almost a century and still be drinkable.

8.The most expensive whisky in the world currently is The Macallan Fine and Rare 60-Year-Old 1926, which was auctioned off for $1.9 million (₹14.5 crores) in October 2019.

9.The world’s largest bottle of single malt whisky is a 105.3-litre bottle of 14-year-old Tomintoul. It would serve almost 5,250 drams. It was auctioned off in December last year for £15,000 (nearly ₹14 lac).

10. A common misbelief is that single malt whisky is the product of a single cask, but they actually might go through several casks in their lifetime. They are, however, the product of a single distillery.

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