Whisky Facts and Figures

To mark Whisky Month, we’ve rounded up some fun facts and figures about Scotch whisky, all in the name of celebration all things Scotch!

Ever wondered just how many bottles of Scotch whisky you’d need to cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct? Or what a world record-breaking cat looks like? Read on for some weird and wonderful findings on the world of whisky, as compiled by the Scotch Whisky Experience’s brilliant finance team (they love numbers – we just can’t stop them).

The facts in this list were originally put together for #WorldMathsDay on Twitter, back in March 2019.

First up, courtesy of some stats from the amazing Scotch Whisky Association: 1.2 billion bottles of #Scotchwhisky were shipped from Scotland last year. That’s 41 bottles every second!

A 25ml measure of whisky contains around 55 calories. That’s the same number of calories as a peach, but with a whole fruitbowl’s worth of flavours…

FYI we definitely endorse you eating your fruit. We’re just saying.

The Glenturret, Scotland’s oldest working distillery, had a cat called Towser who broke the feline world record, apparently catching 28,899 rodents in her lifetime. That’s around 5 mice per day for a standard (arguably underachieving) cat.

You could fit the contents of 10.6 trillion standard bottles of whisky into Loch Ness. However, we’re not advising anyone tries this. Nessie is *probably* not a big drinker.

An American standard Bourbon barrel can hold 200 litres, enough for 300 bottles of whisky…

HOWEVER: those cheeky angels take around 2% of the whisky maturing in a barrel per year, so it’s actually quite a lot less than that, especially as Scotch whisky legally has to mature for at least three years.

The Forth bridges: photo Gavin McDougall Photography
The Forth bridges: photo Gavin McDougall Photography

Fact number 6: You would need to lay 8,223 standard 70cl-size bottles of whisky end-to-end to span the length of the Forth Bridge. That is quite a lot of whisky.

PS. You can thank us later for the excellent pub quiz knowledge.

It would take over 1 million standard-sized Glencairn whisky glasses to stretch the length of Hadrian’s Wall. However, they’d be on their sides, so you’d need to drink the whisky first (which we definitely wouldn’t recommend doing all in one go).

Age Statements on a bottle of Scotch whisky only state the age of the youngest whisky in the bottle: it’s likely that there are older whiskies mingled in there too, to round off the flavours and create the perfect dram. That’s why Master Blenders are so celebrated.

We’ve been laying bottles of whisky end-to-end again. This time, it would take 1,267 bottles to cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Which again, is a lot of whisky.

It might also hold up the Hogwarts Express, if you were to try it.
Don’t mess with the wizards and their travel plans.

Glenfinnan viaduct (credit: Andrew Palmer photography)
Glenfinnan viaduct (credit: Andrew Palmer photography)

There are enough casks of whisky maturing in Scotland for every adult of the UK legal drinking age (that’s over 18) to have 4.5 casks each.

However, we checked, and apparently it doesn’t quite work like that, but plenty of whisky distilleries do sell casks of maturing Scotch. Watch this space for a blog post on that.

That’s a wrap! What your favourite weird and wonderful Scotch whisky facts? Let us know in the comments or on social media, and we’ll add them to our thread.

Slainte mhath, folks!

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