Do You Know Today, May 16, is World Whisky Day?

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Every year on the third Saturday of May people celebrate a World Whisky Day and this year that day was May 16, 2020. The World Whisky day was founded in 2012 by Blair Bowman while studying at the University of Aberdeen.

This day invites everyone around the globe to try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Dram, in Scottish, indicates a small drink of whisky or other spirits. Typically dram of whisky indicates a measurement of 1/16 of an ounce in the avoirdupois system of measurement and this is precisely equivalent to 1.7718451953125 g. But instead, whisky is liquid and must be measured in liquid form of measurement. So in the case of imperial fluid dram, this value is equivalent to a measurement of 3.6966911953125 ml and in US fluid dram this is equivalent to 3.5516328125 ml. Clearly this amount is small and only a mouthful of drink.

On this special occasion, whisky lovers celebrate this day with tastings, events and gatherings.

Mr. Bowman explained on the event day, “World Whisky Day 2020 may be different to all which have come before it but the guiding principles remain the same. World Whisky Day is about making whisky fun for all, not about being exclusive or prescriptive. All you need to participate is a bottle of whisky/whiskey - whatever variety, however, you enjoy it. The only rule is to drink responsibly!”

Peoples around the globe can freely join the conversation on social media using #WorldWhiskyDay and by mentioning What kind of whisky are you sampling? Who are you sharing it with this year? How do you enjoy your whisky – on the rocks, with water, or with a mixer?

This year (May 16, 2020) on a World Whisky Day, they celebrate especially for the everyday heroes who are making either a big or small difference in the global response to COVID-19. They want us to be a part of World Whisky Day by nominating someone whom we know and let them know why that particular person by describing in 200 or less words. For three favorite stories, they will be rewarding a bottle of Jura Red Wine Cask Finish each.

The team aims to make it an annual event.

Reference and Further Reading:

  1. World Whisky Day