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May 18

World Whisky Day

The Angel's Share
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"Today's rain is tomorrow's whisky."

The amount of liquid lost to evaporation when wine or spirits are aged in a barrel or cask is referred to as the "angel's share" while the portion lost to wood barrel absorption is known as the "devil's cut."

Scotch Whisky Day invites everyone to try a dram and celebrate the water of life.   The word whisky (or whiskey) is an anglicisation of the Classical Gaelic word uisce (or uisge) meaning "water" (now written as uisce in Irish Gaelic, and uisge in Scottish Gaelic). Distilled alcohol was known in Latin as aqua vitae ("water of life"). This was translated to Classical Gaelic as Irish: uisce beatha/Scottish Gaelic: uisge beatha "water of life".

Whisky is a strictly regulated spirit worldwide with many classes and types. The typical unifying characteristics of the different classes and types are the fermentation of grains, distillation, and aging in wooden barrels.

Scotch whiskies are generally distilled twice, although some are distilled a third time and others even up to twenty times.  The basic types of Scotch are malt and grain, which are combined to create blends. Scotch malt whiskies are divided into five main regions: Highland, LowlandIslaySpeyside and Campbeltown.

Designed by Stephen Patrick Sim, the Angel's Share tartan was created to celebrate Scotch Whisky Scotland's world famous national drink.  The tartan is designed to visibly portray 'the Angels' Share' - the 2% portion of distilled alcohol (said to be taken by the Angels) which evaporates though the oak barrel during the whisky maturation process.

The yellow lines on the brown band are the fields of barley; the black squares are for the peat and coal used to dry the malted barley. The small brown squares are for the yeast. The darker blue squares are for the Scottish water, the brown lines are the barrels, black lines the warehouses, the light blue lines are for the 'Angels' share', the resulting fungi from which blacken the walls of the warehouses and the white lines are for the glass bottles.

For a comprehensive roundup of Scotch whiskies, click the whisky bottles to see a roundup, of the latest winners of the Whisky Awards including whiskies cataloged by flavours including: 

Dried Fruit and Nut
Elegant and Floral
Fresh Fruit and Vanilla
Malt and Honey
Maritime and Smoky
Peat and Fruit
Rich and Peaty
Rich Fruit and Spice