21st May is World Whisky Day: a chance to celebrate one of the world’s most famous and most enjoyed drinks. Whether you’re an occasional drinker or a committed lover of a regular dram or two, World Whisky Day is a great celebration.
World Whisky Day is celebrated in a huge range of different ways in countries around the globe. Organisers are convinced last year’s participation records will be smashed and there are all kinds of events taking place in Scotland, the United Kingdom and around the world.
In Scotland, you can enjoy events including Project Flavour Behaviour at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, a chance to sample rare Scottish whiskies or you can enjoy a fantastic screening of Whisky Galore! In East Lothian with a dram or two provided too. These are just two of many Scottish events organised.
Further afield, there is a special Whisky Tour of Tullamore Town for lovers of Irish whiskey and Birmingham’s Whisky Club is presenting Craig’s List: an expert’s insight and sampling of unusual and interesting drams from his own personal collection. Heading abroad there are events as far reaching as Australia and Finland. In California, The Riehls New Lounge is opening for a private celebration of all things whisky, with a focus on American craft whiskies. Even on the Canary Islands there is a celebration of the Scottish national drink too, with a focus on the island’s special location as a link between other continent’s and Britain and Europe.
The World Whisky Day website provides plenty of ideas for how to get involved, encouraging shops, bars and tourist attractions to plan events and inviting everyone to celebrate in the way which suits them, whether that’s with friends at home or out at a specially organised event. They’ve built a strong social media presence too so look out for those #WorldWhiskyDay tweets in the coming days.
The celebration is also a chance to raise money for charity as the organisation behind the special day are raising money for the Just a Drop campaign, with a fundraising goal of £15,000. The fundraising will help the people in the village of Kalima South, Makueni County in Kenya and as the charity name suggests, it is about helping this community access clean, drinking water.
Whether you’re a fan of a classy single malt or prefer your whisky from further afield, 21st May is a day to celebrate every kind of this one-of-a-kind drink.