What better way to start your Friday than with a celebration of your favourite tipple. It’s only a matter of hours before we crack open the Johnnie Walker, right?
Johnnie Walker Blue Label, waterside in Venice.
History of Whisky
Whisky, a term derived from the Gaelic meaning “water of life”, was originally used centuries ago as an anaesthetic and antibiotic medicine, produced using distilling techniques brought to Scotland and Ireland by monks. Today, we know whisky as the alcoholic beverage adored world-wide, famous for it’s Scottish, Irish and American varieties.
Whisky was once thought of as a gentlemen’s spirit, disliked by women – “Miss Whisky” and its huge range of female ambassadors such as Georgie Bell are working to disprove this belief, providing a range of whisky-based content such as news and reviews geared towards the fairer-but-no-less-fond-of-whisky sex.
When it comes to celebrity endorsement, whisky is in safe company with names like Prince Harry, Johnny Depp, David Beckham and Alexa Chung all known for their love of the “liquid gold.”
For those not satisfied with a simple scotch on the rocks, whisky can take the form of many cocktails, including 1960s classic the Old Fashioned, the Yellow Jacket with a sherbety lemon kick, or the sophisticated New York Sour.
As if the taste of whisky alone isn’t tempting enough, the bottles can be an object of desire all in themselves. Whether at their most simplistic and streamlined, or in the form of more ornate offerings from lesser-known brands or limited edition bottles, they are bound to bring a sense of sophistication to any kitchen shelf.
Burns Night is a Scottish tradition, celebrated each year on or around January 24th to commemorate the life of bard/poet Robert Burns, who wrote “Auld Lang Syne.” Even if you don’t like the sound of munching on haggis as bagpipes play in the background, as is part of the traditional ceremony, there is surely no harm in indulging in some whiskey in Burns’ honour.
Mimicking Mad Men
As well as looking cool on your kitchen shelf, a whisky in the hand is a great way to add a sophisticated, Man-Men-esque edge to any ensemble. Whoever said “you should never do something just because you think it will make you look cool” has clearly not seen Jude Law in his recent promotional piece for Johnnie Walker blue label.