Cherish ‘Em Right: Friendship Day

Can you imagine a world without your friends? Have you ever taken the time to let them know how important they are to your life? Well, there’s a special day to do just that, and this time round you can make sure the occasion leaves some special memories. Whether you’ve known them all your life or you’ve just been acquainted, there’s a whisky for each conversation and occasion so what better way to celebrate your friends than with a dram of whisky?

Friendship Day began as a commercial gimmick in the 1930s when Joyce Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards wanted people to begin marking their friendships through celebration. The holiday slowly died out because of its gimmicky nature but in 1958 a World Friendship Day was proposed in Paraguay. After this the World Friendship Crusade was born and they lobbied the United Nations to recognize 30 July as World Friendship Day to which the UN eventually gave in an declared it the International Day of Friendship. It is now celebrated on the first Sunday of August each year and usually involves the tying of bracelets and bands around friends’ wrists. But there is so much more to appreciating a friend and the memories you share with them. So this Friendship Day, take the time to spend some time with a friend and celebrate each other over a good scotch and great conversation. 

Scotland is home to over a hundred distilleries with each region and distillery producing whiskies that range in flavours from oily and peppery to delicate and floral. All made using the same process of fermentation, distillation and maturation, they each turn out with a different character, body and flavour.

Whisky with a special friend

We all have that one person who is our closest confidant, with whom we exchange our deepest grievances as well as share our most cherished moments. While we might not always remember to value this person’s presence in our lives, we rather take it for granted and forget to appreciate them. So this Friendship’s day, make that person feel a little special and let them know how important they are to your life over a glass of The Glenlivet.

A Speyside malt, The Glenlivet is a much loved single malt scotch.  Speyside whiskies lean towards being floral and fruity, while some others tend to be sweet, soft and light. With one of the oldest surviving distilleries in Scotland to date, The Glenlivet has a history of whisky smuggling and dates back to the Excise Act of 1823. 

Price: Rs. 2,500- 3,500
Availability: Global

Whisky for reminiscing about the good old days

It’s a cold, wintry evening and you’re snuggled up by the fireplace under a warm, cozy throw surrounded by some good company. What’s the only thing that is missing? A drink in your hand. The conversation is flowing and the drinks should elevate the mood so there’s nothing better than a good scotch to put everyone in good spirits and warm up an already lively atmosphere. 

It’s not often you get the chance to bond with an old friend over a drink in honour of the relationship that the two of you share and Friendship Day is the perfect occasion to celebrate that by reliving some fond memories you and your friend have made together.

Built by entrepreneur John Duff, the Longmorn distillery was built in 1893. A favourite ever since the time it was first released, Longmorn, a single malt from Speyside, is very aromatic with spicy notes and a well-balanced sweetness. It makes the perfect companion to a night in with friends on a trip down memory lane. 

Price: Rs. 4,000 upwards
Availability: Global