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Whiskey Trivia Questions and Answers

Free fun whiskey trivia questions and answers - the history of whiskey and more!

 

Whiskey Trivia Questions and Answers

What is whiskey?
A: Whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash.

Various grains are used for different varieties, including what types of grain?
A: Barley, corn, rye, and wheat.

Whiskey is typically aged in what?
A: Wooden casks, generally made of charred white oak.

The typical unifying characteristics of the different classes and types of whiskey are what?
A: The fermentation of grains, distillation, and aging in wooden barrels.

The word whiskey is an anglicization of what Gaelic word?
A: Uisce/uisge meaning water.

Distilled alcohol was known in Latin as what?
A: Aqua vitae ("water of life").

What are the word's two spellings?
A: Whisky and whiskey.

 

The spelling whiskey is common where?
A: In Ireland and the United States.

Whisky is used in every other what?
A: Whisky producing country in the world.

"Scotch" is the internationally recognized term for what?
A: "Scotch whisky".

The earliest records of the distillation of alcohol are in what country, in the 13th century?
A: Italy.

The alcohol was distilled from what?
A: Wine.

When did the art of distillation spread to Ireland and Scotland?
A: No later than the 15th century.

The first confirmed written record of whisky in Ireland comes from 1405, in the what?
A: The Irish Annals of Clonmacnoise, which attributes the death of a chieftain to "taking a surfeit of aqua vitae" at Christmas.

 

The first evidence of whisky production in Scotland comes from an entry in the what?
A: Exchequer Rolls for 1494 where malt is sent "To Friar John Cor, by order of the king, to make aquavitae".

James IV of Scotland (r. 1488–1513) reportedly had a great liking for what?
A:  Scotch whisky.

Between 1536 and 1541, what did King Henry VIII of England do to the monasteries?
A: He dissolved them, sending their monks out into the general public.

Whisky production moved out of a monastic setting and into where?
A: Personal homes and farms as the monks needed to earn money.

The distillation process was still in its infancy, and whisky itself was not allowed to what?
A: Age, and as a result tasted very raw and brutal compared to today's versions.

The Old Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland, with a license to distil Irish whiskey from 1608, is the oldest what?
A: Licensed whiskey distillery in the world.

After the English Malt Tax of 1725, most of Scotland's distillation was what?
A: Either shut down or forced underground.

 

Scottish distillers started distilling whisky at night to hide what?
A: The smoke from the stills. For this reason, the drink became known as moonshine.

In America, whisky was used as "what" during the American Revolution?
A: currency.

Who operated a large distillery at Mount Vernon?
A: George Washington.

During the Prohibition era in the United States the federal government made what exemption for whisky?
A: If it was prescribed by a doctor and sold through a licensed pharmacy.

During this time, the Walgreens pharmacy chain grew from 20 retail stores to how many?
A: Almost 400.

A still for making whisky is usually made of copper, since it does what?
A: It removes sulfur-based compounds from the alcohol that would make it unpleasant to drink.

Whiskies do not mature in the bottle, only in the cask, so the "age" of a whisky is what time?
A: The time between distillation and bottling.

Most whiskies are sold at or near what alcoholic strength?
A: 40% abv, which is the statutory minimum in some countries.

Whisky is probably the best known of Scotland's what?
A: Manufactured products.

In 2011, 70 per cent of Canadian whisky was what?
A: Exported, with about 60 per cent going to the US, and the rest to Europe and Asia.

How many cases of Canadian whisky were sold in the US in 2011?
A: 15 million.