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World Whisky Day

May 21, 2022

World Whisky Day - May

World Whisky Day celebrates the popularity and culture of whiskey drinking. This day’s festive events are dedicated to lovers of whiskey.


Whiskey was first mentioned in 1405. The drink was made by Irish monks. Although there are also claims that the drink was made on June 1, 1494. The name means ‘living water’, and started out as a beer. In 1579, the Scottish Parliament banned the production of whiskey to persons of low birth. Later, different types and a whole culture of whiskey drinking appeared.

It’s believed the first celebrations dedicated to World Whisky Day took place in 2012 at the initiative of the Scot Blair Bowman. He became famous for carrying a pocket whiskey guide with him at all times. This holiday is celebrated on the third Saturday of May. There’s also International Whisk(e)y Day, celebrated on March 27th. The holiday’s purpose is to introduce as many people as possible to the elite drink and the culture surrounding its use.

Interesting Facts

Whiskey is an elite drink made from fermented grain mash.

  1. There are many types of whiskey. The most popular are Scottish, American (Bourbon), and Irish.
  2. Whiskey is often drunk in its pure form; sometimes ice, water, and cola are added to it. Bit has also made its way into baked goods, puddings, and marinades.
  3. Whiskey from different countries has different taste characteristics: Scottish whiskey has notes of field herbs, heather, and iodine; American bourbon is characterized by a sweeter taste; Irish whiskey is famous for its lightness.
  4. The most expensive bottle of whiskey was sold in 2018. It was a 60-year-old Macallan Valerio Adami, sold for £848,750.

How to take part

To celebrate World Whisky Day, you can get together with friends and drink a delicious elite whiskey, adhering to all the rules of its use. Take pictures and make a post on social media using the #WorldWhiskeyDay hashtag.

When is World Whisky Day celebrated in 2022?

World Whisky Day is observed on the third Saturday of May each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday May 21 2022
Saturday May 20 2023
Saturday May 18 2024
Saturday May 17 2025


May 21, 2022
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