Whisky is so loved that it has its own day
By Asiaeuro Wines & Spirits May 16, 2020

Can’t go out and socialise on May 16, World Whisky Day? Settle in for a night on the couch with whisky-themed The Angels’ Share.

World Whisky Day is all about making whisky fun and enjoyable. It’s not about being exclusive or prescriptive. You can drink it however you enjoy it (ice, water, mixer – whatever works for you).

And be all-inclusive, and that means any kind of whisky from anywhere in the world.

World Whisky Day was founded in 2012 by University of Aberdeen student Blair Bowman (now a whisky author and consultant).

The day of global whisky celebration falls on the third Saturday of May each year.

World Whisky Day has hosted and facilitated thousands of events around the world over the years, across all seven continents.

Whisky is one of the iconic drinks of true lovers of alcohol and is the foundation of some of the most delightful drinks known to man. But honestly, who needs an excuse to imbibe in these wonderful libations? If you need one, World Whisky Day is it!

World Whisky Day reminds us that there is an incredibly broad range of whisky out there to try, and it’s unlikely that we’ve managed to try all of it. Whisky can be made from barley, corn, rye, and wheat, just to name a few, and those grains are often mixed in different proportions before fermenting and distilling.

The results are then aged in casks, with both the cask and the time inside changing the flavour.

Needless to say, you may need more than one day to sample every kind available to you! World Whisky Day is a great opportunity for you to expand your palette and share your experiences with your friends.

Online fun

For this year’s World Whisky Day on May 16, there won't be any mass gatherings in Malaysia due to the conditional movement control order amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, we found the top three online events that sound like lots of fun.

Lakes Distillery World Whisky Day Celebration (Free) – Saturday, May 16, 5 pm BST (Sunday, May 17, 12 am Malaysian time)

This should be a fascinating chat featuring three excellent whiskymakers who work in awesome distilleries located in unusual places not necessarily associated with superb single malts. Hosted by the Lakes Distillery in England, it features its whiskymaker Dhavall Gandhi, the Israel-based Milk & Honey Distillery’s master distiller Tomer Goren, and the master distiller from India’s Paul John Distillery Michael d’Souza chatting to each other about the unique challenges and opportunities each of them faces in producing their unique whiskies.

The talk will be streamed on the Lakes Distillery Facebook page.

The World Whisk(e)y Summit (Free) – Saturday, May 16, 7 pm BST (Sunday, May 17, 2 am Malaysian time)

If you’re interested in whisky, you shouldn’t miss this. Seriously. A star-studded (within the whisky world, anyway) line-up has been put together by whisky bottler That Boutique-y Whisky Company with a livestreamed show hosted by well-known industry figures Sam ‘Dr Whisky’ Simmons, and Boutique-y global brand ambassador Dave Worthington. It includes not only brand ambassadors and whiskymakers representing distilleries from around the world (including Scotland, Australia, the Netherlands, Canada and more), but also some of the top whisky writers out there, including whisky eminence Dave Broom and Becky Paskin, ex-editor of scotchwhisky.com.

The summit will be streamed on the That Boutique-y Whisky Company Facebook page.

Big Fat Online Whisky Quiz (Free, with £5 suggested charity donation) – Saturday, May 16, 8 pm BST (Sunday, May 17, 3 am Malaysian time)

Hosted by Blair Bowman himself, the online edition of the Big Fat Whisky Quiz challenges you to bring a team (maximum 5 people) to compete in what is probably the most challenging whisky quiz of World Whisky Day, which will be conducted via a Facebook Live stream. It’s free to register, with donations to be contributed on a JustGiving page for The Drinks Trust, a charitable organisation providing support, care, and assistance to the drinks industry workforce.

To sign up for Blair’s whisky quiz, visit the World Whisky Day Facebook page.

Celebrating World Whisky Day 2020

With World Whisky Day just a day away, you would want to stock up on a bottle or two from the vast range that Asiaeuro Wines & Spirits Sdn Bhd offers.

Its Scotch whiskies include Highland single malts – Balblair, Glengoyne and Old Pulteney whiskies – as well as the popular Islay single malt Smokehead whisky.

Or you can enjoy a dram of GlenAllachie, Speyburn or Tamdhu whisky, which are Speyside single malts, when the big day rolls around.

Why not try out Japanese whisky like Kaicho or Tenjaku on World Whisky Day 2020?

Cheers to the water of life!

Can’t go out and socialise? You can still have a blast enjoying a dram on your own at home.

Watch a whisky-themed movie

Settle in for a night on the couch with The Angels’ Share (2012). This British comedy/drama is a must-see for whisky lovers. A Glaswegian delinquent with a discerning palate for whisky tries to start fresh after becoming a dad. He and his friends from a community service group embark on a caper to make money by stealing from a rare barrel of fictional “Malt Mill” whisky.

Learn how to make a great whisky cocktail

All whisky lovers should have one killer cocktail in their repertoire, whether it’s a Whisky Sour, Old Fashioned or Mint Julep. Try the Rusty Tack, it’s super simple but smashing.

Spoil yourself with your favourite whiskies

Make a list of all your favourite whiskies and buy whatever the budget allows. Life is short.