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Interesting Whiskey Trivia, Facts and History

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  1. Whisky was given its name from the Gaelic beverage “uiscebeatha”, which translates to “water of life”.
  2. In 1830, American consumption of alcohol, per capita, was insane. It peaked at what is roughly 1.7 bottles of standard strength whiskey, per person, per week or 88 bottles a year.
  3. Both the “Whisky” and “Whiskey” words are correct. Whiskey is specific to Irish, and Whisky is Scotch.
  4. The first blended whisky in the world, was a mixture of malt and grain produced under the name Green Stripe in 1860.
  5. Whiskey is the official state beverage of Alabama.
  6. Old whisky is not necessarily better whisky.  Similarly, expensive whisky is not necessarily better whisky.
  7. Nikola Tesla drank Whiskey every day because it supposed it would make him live to 150.
  8. George Washington made Washington the largest American Whiskey producer in the 18th century.
  9. Due to poor harvest, the licensed whisky production was banned from 1757 to 1760.
  10. Drinking Whiskey can prevent cancer and also reduces possibilities of heart diseases.
  11. Whiskey is one of the basic ingredients of Tabasco.
  12. Once bottles, whisky doesn’t age as many wines do.
  13. Most Whiskey is made in Bourbon barrels.
  14. Single malt whiskies may have been in several casks
  15. Barrels can be used up to four times when making Scotch.
  16. Alongside US and India, France is one of the biggest consumers of whisky worldwide
  17. Different versions of whisky are called ‘expressions’.
  18. It was illegal to make spirits until 1823.
  19. Whisky was prescribed by doctors during prohibition
  20. The earliest known record of Whisky production dates back to 1494.
  21. Charles Dickens used both whiskey and whisky in “The Pickwick Papers”.
  22. Before the maturation process in their cask, Whisky is completely colorless.
  23. Opened bottle of whisky can remain good for five years.
  24. Whisky comprises more than double the flavor congeners of it’s nearest competitors – Rum and Cognac.
  25. The evaporation of Alcohol from a Whisky barrel during maturation is referred to as the ‘Angel’s Share’.
  26. The so-called “whiskey tax” was the first tax imposed on a domestic product by the newly formed federal government. It became law in 1791, and was intended to generate revenue for the war debt incurred during the Revolutionary War.
  27. U.S. government banned the manufacture of whisky due to World War II from 1942-1946.