National Tartan Day began in 1998 as a celebration of the contribution generations of Scots-Americans living in the United States. There are over 20 million people who claim Scottish heritage in the States according to Census. The main activity will be the Tunes of Glory Parade in New York City. Best place to watch the parade is on 6th Avenue from West 44th to West 58th street.
Scotch Whisky Facts:
Scotch whisky is made from three ingredients: malted barley, water and yeast.
The distinctive smoky taste comes from the peat fire over which the green malt is dried prior to grinding, mashing and distilling.
There are more than 2,500 brands of Scotch whiskies sold in more than 200 countries worldwide according to the Scotch Whisky Association. Today exports represent around 90% of the total sales of Scotch whisky.
When tasting Scotch whisky, experts recommend using a snifter or a balloon shaped glass where the neck is narrower than the base, allowing the drinker to nose and enjoy the bouquet and character before sipping. More about tasting
Blended Scotch Whisky (such as Johnnie Walker, Dewar's, Chivas Regal) - Master Blender's aim is to produce a consistent blend that is different from others, subtle and complex with up to 50 single malt whiskies of various ages.
By the 1820s, more than 14,000 illicit distillers were making whisky in Scotland, more than half the whisky consumed in Scotland without contributing a penny in duty. Today, taxation in the U.K on Scotch whisky accounts for as much as 70% of the retail price off a typical bottle of blended Scotch whisky.
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