Would you like to know more about the top whisky producing countries in the world?Insider Monkey has recently published an interesting article about this topic. As for me, I don’t really like whiskey but it’s always fine to read about it.
Whisky has a long history. Since it is produced by distillation of various grains accessible anywhere, it is probably one of the oldest alcoholic drinks, which roots can be traced back to Mesopotamia. But true whisky origins as we know it today cannot be easily followed. Since it carries a Celtic name, as we have mentioned, it can be argued that its origins reach ancient times. It is nevertheless surely known that distillation was performed in medieval monasteries of Ireland and Scotland, involving different types of grains, since grapes do not grow enough in the British Isles. The first written record comes only from 1494 Scotland, which mentions certain Friar John Cor who was given some malt to make the water of life. Up to this day the Irish and Scots dispute who was the first to make this famous precious drink.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked two countries from their list.
When thinking about Germany and alcohol, the first thing that comes to one’s mind is probably Oktoberfest and German beer. But Germany also has a growing whisky production. There are many small distilleries, and most of them are not only focused on whisky production. That is why no strict law on whisky maturation is applied to German whiskies. Whisky is sporadically being produced in around 250 German distilleries, and around 130 of them are focused only on whisky production. Taiwan is an unusual country you would probably never expect to produce whisky. But Taiwanian whisky has made a boom in the world’s whisky market. That is namely Kavalan whiskey, distilled in Taiwan’s only distillery. In 2015 it won the World’s Best Single Malt award, and since then it has been on the top of the world’s whiskies. The distillery produces around 9 million bottles a year, and the export rate grew by 36% in 2014.
For any further interesting information read Insider Monkey’s article about top 10 whisky producing countries in the world.