02 Aug Top 10 facts about whisky
1. On average, 34 bottles of whisky are exported from Scotland every second.
2. The revenue from these sales last year amounted to £3.86billion.
3. The word whisky comes from the Gaelic “uisgebeatha” meaning “water of life”.
4. In the 18th century whisky was also a name for a light horse-drawn carriage, probably more for the speed suggested by “whisk” than the drink.
5. The earliest known record of whisky production dates back to 1494 but the word whisky was not seen until 1715.
Charles Dickens used both whisky and whiskey in The Pickwick Papers
6. The Scots and Canadians spell it whisky; the Americans and Irish spell it whiskey.
7. Charles Dickens spelt it whiskey in Martin Chuzzlewit but used both whisky and whiskey in The Pickwick Papers.
8. The drink must be aged in oak barrels for at least three years before it may be called whisky.
9. A six litre Lalique decanter of Macallan whisky was sold at auction for a record $628,000 (£478,000) last year. That works out at about £800 a sip.
10. The leading whisky drinkers of the world are the French, followed by Uruguay and the USA.