It’s time to open that prized bottle you’ve been hoarding because August 31 is International Whisk(e)y Day. If you don’t have a bottle on hand, heed the words of the late Jim Morrison, and find your way to the nearest whiskey bar.
International Whisk(e)y Day originated in 2008, to honor the birthday of the late Michael Jackson. This is not the Grammy winner who moon-walked his way to fame. This Michael Jackson was a British author and foremost expert in the art of savoring fine whiskeys.
He probably didn’t moonwalk. Parkinson’s disease claimed his life in 2007. Thus, many International Whisk(e)y Day celebrations are organized to raise funds for charitable causes, most commonly for Parkinson’s disease research.
To produce whiskey, grains are distilled and aged in wooden casks. Several countries produce whiskey, but the most widely savored offerings hail from Scotland, Ireland, Canada and, of course, the United States.
Scotch refers to whiskey that originated in Scotland, bourbon is produced in the United States, and rye is yet another variation on the whiskey theme.
To celebrate International Whisk(e)y Day, invite a few friends over to partake in a special bottle. If you’re not acquainted with the flavor nuances of whiskey, head out to a bar that’s celebrating the occasion to sample a few.
You’ll want to invite Jack Daniels and Johnnie Walker. These boys can be troublemakers, so appoint a designated driver to keep everybody safe.
No matter how, where or with whom you celebrate, be sure to raise that first dram in a toast to Michael Jackson, the man behind the holiday.