19 May 2018

The work whisky comes from the Gaelic 'uisge beatha' which translates as 'water of life'.


Whisky has been made in Scotland for centuries originally by farmers distilling their surplus barley.

It was in 1494 that we have the first written reference to whisky.

There had been duty (tax) paid on whisky since 1644


There are over 300 distilleries in Scotland each making their own unique type of whisky with differing flavours.

There are 3 types of whisky

Malt - made with malted barley, water and yeast which is distilled in copper stills.

Grain - made from malted barley mixed with other grains like maize and wheat. This is distilled in a completely different shape of still rather like a giant teapot.

Blend - this is a mixture of both the malt and grain whiskies and a blend can have between 15-50 different types in it.

Scotland is the biggest producer of whisky in the world

Only whisky made in Scotland can be labelled as Scotch Whisky

Whisky gets it's golden colour from the oak barrels it is aged in.

Over 200 countries in the world enjoy drinking whisky.

The export tax on whisky generates £125 per second for the Scottish government.

38 bottles of whisky are exported from Scotland every second.

Scotland has more than 20 million casks of whisky maturing at any one time, that is four casks for every person in the country!

The most expensive bottle of whisky was a Macallum which was auctioned in 2015 for a whopping $628,205.

Whisky is Scotland's most important export netting over £4 billion per year.