Whiskey is just a general word used to describe a spirit made from a distilled grain that’s been matured in oak. The term derives originally from the Gaelic ‘uisge beatha’, or ‘usquebaugh,’ meaning ‘water of life;” also known as aqua vite in Latin. Early distilling techniques were brought to Ireland and Scotland sometime between 1100 and 1300 by monks, when it was first used as an anesthetic and external antibiotic. Because wine was not easily obtained in Ireland and Scotland, they distilled barley beer into liquor through a slow and somewhat tedious process; and thus, whiskey was born!
Today, the spirit is much easier to distill and distribute, and Scottish whisky is among the most popular; in fact, 90% of the Scotch Whisky made in Scotland is exported to other countries.
Now on to the good stuff – here are a few more fun facts about whiskey!
- The United States consumes more whiskey than any other country in the world.
- Whiskey is the number two most consumed spirit in the world, behind vodka.
- The United States is the number two producer of whiskey in the world, just behind Scotland.
- Jack Daniels is the number one whiskey producer in the world, selling over 24 million gallons a year to 135 different countries.
- The company has a 77-gallon storage warehouse, which equals out to a whopping 1.7 million barrels!
- They make 1,000 barrels on average per day, which is 240,000 bottles per day.