Origin of International Whisky
International Whisky Day was first announced on March 27 2008, then officially launched in 2009 at the Whisky Festival Northern Netherlands, in the presence of various whiskey writers.
This was an initiative to honor the whisky connoisseur and writer, Michael Jackson. (No, not the famous singer.) He was well known for his writings on whisky and was also diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. His whisky-loving friends wanted to not only celebrate his love for whisky but also help find a cure for this difficult disease, so each year whisky fans donate money to charities of their choice. Since Michael’s birthday was March 27, the date is a tribute to him.
On this day we invite every whisky lover to raise a glass and celebrate the greatest drink in the world, as well as honor the unsung heroes of the industry from today back to when it all began.
Celebrate With The Unique UMESKY
Umesky is a unique blend of whisky and ume fruits. Every July unripe ume is steeped in the whisky made in the distillery, slowly drawing out the sweetness and sourness of ume. Ume is harvested in Toyama prefecture and it is steeped for around a year in whisky.
The result is hard to describe but the delicate aroma of ume and the smooth whiskey are the characteristics of Umesky. At the first sip, you will feel the acidity of ume (which is a little bit stronger than regular umeshu), and then the smooth taste of whisky will follow soon after.