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Intro to International Whisk(e)y Day

International Whisk(e)y Day is an annual event (27th March) that brings lovers of whisk(e)y together and has strong supporting ties with Parkinson’s Disease charities. 

A BRIEF HISTORY

International Whisk(e)y Day was first celebrated on 27th March 2008 to honour the life of Michael Jackson (no, not that Michael Jackson) – the renowned British beer and spirits writer, who published The World Guide to Whisky in 1987, and was considered one of the greats amongst modern whisky writers. His book, Michael Jackson’s Malt Whisky Companion, to this day remains the best-selling guide regarding the subject throughout the world.

Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in his later years, and International Whisk(e)y Day was started in order to not only celebrate his love of whisky, but also as a way of raising money to find a cure for this trying disease.

HOW TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WHISK(E)Y DAY

Naturally, people are encouraged to mark the annual event by enjoying a glass of the good stuff. However, the celebration also encourages people to donate money to Parkinson’s charities around the world, such as the European Parkinson’s Disease Association.

In terms of chosen tipple, International Whisk(e)y Day does not discriminate between those who prefer whisky (Scottish, Canadian, and Asian – to name a few) or whiskey (Irish and American). Whilst most whisky festivals might see Bourbon-heads fiercely defending American whiskey against an onslaught of ridicule from tweed-clad Scotch aficionados, as the Irish contingency loudly proclaims that it was here first, and everyone looks on in awe as the new Japanese and Taiwanese distillers do their thing, International Whisk(e)y Day is a day for unity. All are welcome to pour a glass of their favourite uisce beatha (“water of life”) – whether it’s Scotch or Bourbon; Irish Pot Still or French Whisky – and raise it to good cheer, good health and good friends.

LEXIR RECOMMENDS

Highland JourneyA blended Scotch whisky, made from the finest distilleries in the Highlands, boasting a rich, creamy palate full of vanilla fudge and warming oak character.

Lehmann Coup de Foudre – A French single-malt of exceptional quality from Alsace. It is round and spicy, with an exotically fruity nose, accompanying deep and lingering notes of apricot, dried fruits, and white chocolate.

Lehmann Rendez-Vous – peat is not just for Islay! This peated single malt aged in white Bordeaux wine barrels gives the Scots a run for their money. Intensely earthy, with tobacco smoke housing hints of red pepper and citrus zest, it’s a woody yet silky experience that is entirely unique.