IT'S THE best day of the year for whiskey lovers the world over.
March 27th represents a momentous date in the calendar for anyone with an appreciation for Ireland’s greatest alcoholic spirit.
International Whiskey Day is an annual celebration of the iconic and instantly recognisable distilled spirit that remains an important part of Ireland’s history, industry and export.
Now over 10 years old, the very first International Whiskey Day was held in 2009, in honour of the the late, great whisk(e)y writer Michael James Jackson.
An English writer and journalist who authored several influential books related to the beer and whisk, the date itself was chosen to coincide with Jackson’s birthday on March 27th 1942.
Widely recognised as one of the chief authorities on all things whiskey, Michael Jackson’s Malt Whisky Companion remains something akin to the Holy Bible for whiskey fans, featuring reviews of some of the world’s most famous brands.
Run for fans by fans, International Whiskey Day is a non-profit celebration of the spirit. Anyone with an appreciation for it is encouraged to raise a glass today.
While a visit to the local bar is likely to be out of the question, there is still time to organise a virtual get-together with friends to enjoy a glass or two.
And after the year we have all had, there are sure to be a few out there in need of a good whiskey.
As part of the initiative those taking part are encouraged to make a donation to a charity of their choice, while any and all festivities should be captured and shared on social media using the hashtag #InternationalWhiskeyDay.
Happy International Whiskey Day everybody! Sláinte!