World Whiskey Day – Our Top Picks

Every year, on the third Saturday in May, whiskey enthusiasts around the globe raise their glasses to celebrate World Whiskey Day. This cherished occasion offers a moment to honour the rich history, craftsmanship, and diverse flavours of this beloved spirit. At The Masons Arms, we invite you to discover the essence of this delectable drink and explore some of our top picks available at our pub in Gargrave.

World Whiskey Day

The History of World Whiskey Day

World Whiskey Day was founded in 2012 by Blair Bowman, a passionate aficionado from Scotland. His vision was to create a day dedicated to celebrating the drink in all its forms and to encourage people to explore the world of whiskey beyond their usual preferences. Since its inception, it’s has grown into a global phenomenon, with whiskey lovers from every corner of the world coming together to share their appreciation for this timeless spirit.


Why Whiskey is Celebrated

The drink’s origins can be traced back centuries, with evidence of whiskey production dating as far back as the early medieval period. Over the years, it’s evolved from a humble beverage crafted by monks in monasteries to a globally revered spirit cherished by connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike.

One of the reasons it’s is celebrated is its remarkable diversity. From the peaty single malts of Scotland to the smooth bourbons of Kentucky, each variety offers a unique sensory experience that reflects its place of origin and the artistry of its makers. Whether you prefer it neat, on the rocks, or in a classic cocktail, there’s a style to suit every palate and occasion.

Whiskey is steeped in tradition and craftsmanship. The process of making it is a labour of love, requiring patience, skill, and attention to detail at every stage, from the selection of grains to the aging process in oak barrels. This dedication to quality and tradition is evident in every sip, making whiskey more than just a drink.

The Art of Whiskey Tasting

Sampling whiskey is more than just a casual indulgence – it’s an experience that engages the senses and invites exploration. To fully appreciate the complexities, it’s essential to approach tasting with mindfulness and curiosity. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your tasting experience:


Begin by observing the colour and clarity of the whiskey in your glass. Hold it up to the light and take note of any hues or reflections. The colour can offer clues about its age and maturation process.


Swirl the whiskey gently in your glass to release its aromas, then bring it to your nose and take a deep breath. Pay attention to the different scents that emerge – from fruity and floral notes to hints of spice and oak. The aroma can provide insight into the flavour profile and character.


Take a small sip and let it linger on your palate for a moment before swallowing. Notice the flavours that unfold – the sweet caramel, the smoky peat, the subtle vanilla. Pay attention to the texture and mouthfeel as well, noting any lingering warmth or complexity.


Finally, consider the finish – the lingering sensations that remain after you’ve swallowed the whiskey. Does it leave a pleasant warmth in your chest? A lingering sweetness on your tongue? The finish can offer valuable insights into the overall quality and craftsmanship.

Our Top Whiskey Picks

At The Masons Arms, we take pride in offering a curated selection of whiskeys that showcase the best of this revered spirit. Among our top picks are:


A classic Irish whiskey known for its smoothness and versatility; Jameson is a permanent favourite among whiskey enthusiasts. Its triple-distilled, blended approach results in a balanced and approachable whiskey with notes of honey, vanilla, and toasted oak.


As one of Scotland’s most iconic blended whiskies, Bell’s is renowned for its rich and mellow flavour profile. Made from a blend of single malt and grain whiskies, Bell’s offers a harmonious balance of sweet caramel, dried fruit, and gentle smokiness.


Situated on the remote Isle of Jura off the west coast of Scotland, the Jura Distillery produces whiskies that reflect the rugged beauty of their island home. From the delicate sweetness of Jura 10 to the bold complexity of Jura Seven Wood, each expression offers a unique taste of this picturesque corner of Scotland.


Nestled on the windswept shores of the Isle of Skye, the Talisker Distillery produces whiskies that are as rugged and elemental as their surroundings. From the briny sea spray of Talisker 10 to the fiery intensity of Talisker Storm, these whiskies capture the untamed spirit of the Scottish Highlands.


As we raise our glasses to toast World Whiskey Day, let us savour not only the flavours and aromas of this noble spirit but also the rich history, craftsmanship, and tradition that make whiskey a timeless symbol of celebration and camaraderie. Whether you’re a seasoned whiskey aficionado or a curious newcomer, we invite you to join us at The Masons Arms to explore our top picks and discover the magic of whiskey for yourself. Cheers!

Thanks for reading,

The Masons Arms Team