Today is World Whiskey Day, a national holiday to celebrate and enjoy Whiskey. We can have whiskey any day, so what's so special about today, you ask. It's a day designated to appreciate the finer points of the brown stuff. So here are 10 things you may not know about Whiskey-
1- To be Whiskey, it must be distilled from a fermented grain mash. That's it and there's alot of room for variation.
2- It's spelled both Whisky and Whiskey. U.S.A. and Ireland spell it with an E . Canada, Scotland, and Japan spell it without. Why, we have no idea.
3- Originally, called Water of Life or Aqua Vitae. We think that's quite appropriate as it was used for medicine back in the 1400s. We still prescribe it here at The Lodge.
4- The Whiskey Rebellion was real, and almost ended our little country in 1791 when Alexander Hamilton began levying a tax on America's finest spirit. Rumor has it that Aaron Burr really really liked Whiskey.
5- Bourbon can only be made in America and was created by a preacher, Elijah Craig.
6- Cows like Whiskey. Distilleries give their spent Corn mash to local farmers as feed for dairy cows. Now those are Happy Cows.
8- There must be loads of Bourbon in heaven. Whiskey evaporates in the Barrel at the rate of 4% per year, named the Angel's Share as they take theirs annually. Once it's in the bottle, it doesn't evaporate anymore, it just disappears.
9- American Whiskey survived Prohibition solely because of doctors, who were allowed to prescribe it as a painkiller. Remember to thank your doctor for Whiskey.