National Scotch Day
National Scotch Day is observed on July 27 of every year. Scotch whiskey is an aged malt whisky or grain whisky that is made from malted barley in Scotland. There are few laws under which the scotch must be made. Since the 18th century, wheat and rye are widely used to make scotch whiskey. Scotch whisky is divided into categories like single malt Scotch whisky, single grain Scotch whisky, blended malt Scotch whisky, blended grain Scotch whisky, and blended Scotch whisky. The spirit will have ABV of less than 94.8%. Taste and characteristics of scotch differ with each region of Scotland from where it is produced. Few world-famous whiskeys are Bell’s, Label 5, William Lawson’s, Dewar’s, The Famous Gro, Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, and lot more. This day celebrates the scotch whiskey which is often referred to as classic and distinctive spirit. Raise your glass for the fine scotch whiskey that is loved by people all over the world.
“For her fifth wedding, the bride wore black and carried a scotch and soda.” – Phyllis Battelle
History of National Scotch Day
The origin and the history of the National Scotch Day are not known. Scotch is said to be evolved from a Scottish drink called uisge beatha, meaning water of life. The first record of scotch whiskey dates back to 1495 in the royal history of income and expenditure, Exchequer Rolls. A friar named John Cor was the distiller of that time. Distilleries for scotch were well established by the late 15th century. The tax was first imposed on whiskey in the year 1644, causing the rise in illegal distilleries grows around the country. The whiskey gained its popularity due to two main reasons, one is, in 1831, a new production process called Coffey or Patent Still was introduced which made the whiskey less intense and smoother. The second reason is Phylloxera bug which reduced the production of wine and cognac in France in 1880 and scarcity made people shift their drink to scotch. Thus, scotch became popular and spread around the world.
Other Celebrations on July 27
July 27 is also celebrated as
- National Creme Brulee Day
- Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day
- National Walk on Stilts Day
- National Take Your Pants for a Walk Day
How to celebrate National Scotch Day
Though scotch is made only in Scotland, it is a popular drink that is available all over the world. Celebrate National Scotch Day by having scotch whiskey in the way you like. Whiskey can be drunk neat, with ice as on the rocks, mixed with water or other drinks as a cocktail; few cocktail recipes use scotch. It tastes the best when it is poured straight from the bottle, so drink neat to enjoy the real flavour of the whiskey. You and your friends can head to a bar or restaurant to celebrate the drink. One can best observe the day by attending Scotch whiskey tasting sessions that will happen in places like bars, stores and distilleries. You can gift a bottle of whiskey to a particular person of your life and celebrate the day with them. Get a glass and some whiskey to cherish the drink and the day. Post pictures and share your National Scotch Day celebrations on social media by using the hashtag #NationalScotchDay.