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8 fun facts about scotch whisky


Hosting a quiz night, starting a whisky club or just looking for a deep dive into the wonderful world of whisky?

Look no further for fun whisky facts that’ll impress a crowd wherever you are. So invite your mates around, decide on the whisky and cheese pairings you’ll serve up for your guests, and open up the part of your mind that stores your PIN number.

How many bottles of Scotch whisky are made each year?

41 bottles of Scotch whisky are shipped out of Scotland every second. That’s over 1.2 billion bottles a year for those attempting the math!

We produce 21 million litres of spirit each year at The Glenlivet Distillery in Speyside.

How many casks of whisky are there in Scotland?

Over 20 million casks of whisky lie maturing in warehouses across Scotland. That’s almost four for every person living there.

How does whisky age?

Whisky can only age in wooden casks, once it’s in the bottle that’s it. So a 12 Year Old scotch bottled in 1956 will still taste exactly the same now as it did way back in the ‘50s.

True or false…

In some Latin American countries, they say ‘whisky’ instead of ‘cheese’ when posing for a photo.

Winston Churchill and whisky

When prohibition was introduced in the United States, whisky was exempt due to its supposed ‘medicinal properties’. So when Winston Churchill visited in 1931, he had a doctor prescribe him “the use of alcoholic spirits especially at meal times”.

Can whisky make you live longer?

Nikola Tesla drank whisky every day because he believed it would make him live to 150. He only made it to 86.

Spot The Glenlivet on your screen

Ron Burgundy was a fan of The Glenlivet, ordering “three fingers of Glenlivet with a little bit of pepper and some cheese.” You can also catch our famous dram in The Mummy, Grosse Pointe Blank and Birdcage.

Discover more interesting facts with our guide to cooking with whisky. Want to share what you’ve learnt? Invite your friends round for a whisky pairing dinner and serve up some drinks from our collection of whisky cocktail recipes.