What is World Whisky Day?


World Whisky Day invites everyone to try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Taking place annually on the third Saturday in May, this special occasion is celebrated by whisky lovers worldwide with tastings, events and gatherings.

But things are different this year…

Sadly, it may be a while until we can celebrate our favourite tipple in person. But that doesn’t mean we can’t come together virtually for some socially distanced dramming.

World Whisky Day 2021 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!

Blair Bowman

How can I take part?

There are many ways you can take part in World Whisky Day 2021 (Saturday 15 May).

First of all, you can join the conversation on social media using #WorldWhiskyDay. 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? The possibilities are endless.

You can also join World Whisky Day founder Blair Bowman and his whisky-loving friends Chris White, Joseph Trotter and Matthew Cordiner for a ‘lockdown’ version of their famous Big Fat Whisky Quiz, taking place at 8pm BST (UTC+1) on World Whisky Day. Gather your virtual team (max 5) of whisk(e)y know-it-alls and register here for this riot of whisky trivia in aid of The Drinks Trust. All participants (and anyone that fancies learning a thing or two about whisky) can tune into the livestream on the World Whisky Day Facebook page.

Wherever you are in the world, there’s likely to be a World Whisky Day event that’s right for you. Regularly check social media for competitions, quizzes, tastings, livestreams and some good Old Fashioned chat (pun intended).

But what if I’ve never tried whisky before?

Then you are in the right place. We want to encourage everyone, from the seasoned specialist to the eager newcomer, to enjoy a dram. Therefore, we have collated lots of information on this site for you to explore. Check out the Articles tab or use the Search at the top of the page to start your journey.

But I don’t think I would enjoy whisky neat?

Well, why not try a whisky cocktail? There are many fantastic whisky cocktails that you could try. Check out our blog for some of our favourites that you can try at home on World Whisky Day.

Who can I contact for media enquiries?

We would be delighted to speak to you about any kind of media enquiry.

For media or general enquiries please contact info@worldwhiskyday.com

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