International whisk(e)y day

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International Whisk(e)y Day
Next event27 March 2022

International Whisk(e)y Day was first announced in 2008 and falls on 27 March each year.[1] The name is used with the parenthesis to indicate support of Scottish, Canadian, and Japanese whiskies (no e) as well as Irish and American whiskeys (with an e).[2] The day publicly supports Parkinson's disease research in addition to enjoying Whiskey.[3]


International Whiskey Day was launched in 2009 at the Whiskey Day Festival in the northern Netherlands in the presence of several whiskey writers. The event was created in honor of British writer Michael Jackson and is celebrated on Jackson's birthday.[1][4]


Participants are encouraged to raise one up on the day and drink whiskey for the love of the drink as well as to celebrate Michael's life. Others participate via social media using the #whiskyday2015 hashtag.[5] Various bars may have specials on 27 March to celebrate the day.[6]

Taken from the International Whisk(e)y day's website, "International Whisk(e)y Day is a non-profit celebration of whiskey which receives no funding and is run entirely by the passion of whiskey fans from around the world. So if you love whisk(e)y and want to help spread the word, then go ahead and tell someone about it."[1]

Other Whiskey Days[edit]

International Whisk(e)y Day is not to be confused with World Whisky Day or National Bourbon Day which fall in May and June respectively. [7][8]

There is some conflict with World Whiskey Day where International Whisk(e)y day claims to be the original. This conflict only really exists because WWD is the more well known date in the United States and IWD organizers do not want to be seen as the copycat since they were founded four years earlier. There is also a conflict because each group uses similar hashtags which is not obvious to most people which is which.[9] However, the dates of each event are on separate days in separate months.

There is not as much of a conflict with National Bourbon Day because it specifically celebrates America's "Native Spirit" and not, generically, all whiskeys.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "International Whisk(e)y Day | #WhiskyDay2015 - the 7th annual official day celebrating whisk(e)y". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Whiskey vs. Whisky: What's the Difference? — Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits". 6 November 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Mark Connelly is fundraising for Parkinson's UK". 27 March 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  4. ^ Oliver Klimek (27 March 2014). "International Whisky Day Special – A Bunch Of Dusty Scotch Blends — Dramming". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Tweets about #worldwhiskyday hashtag on Twitter". 19 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  6. ^ "International Whisk(e)y Day | Untitled | Drink Events". 23 September 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  7. ^ "World Whisky Day". 17 February 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  8. ^ "National Bourbon Day". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  9. ^ "International Whisk(e)y Day | #WhiskyDay2015 - the 7th annual official day celebrating whisk(e)y". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  10. ^ "National Bourbon Day". National Bourbon Day. Retrieved 30 March 2015.