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H.E. Ambassador Jonathan Allen hosted a Scotch Whisky sampling event as part of the 100 Years celebrations marking the centenary of the Ambassador’s Residence.
On 28 October 2014, the British Embassy in Sofia organised a tasting of Scotch Whisky as part of the 100 Years celebrations. The sampling event was an opportunity to learn more about whisky from different parts of Scotland. The guests tasted Scotch Whisky from the Lowlands, the Highlands, Speyside Islands and Islay. The event was held just before the start of the annual Whisky Fest Sofia, 31 October-2 November 2014, which is the only one specialised event in Bulgaria for whisky enthusiasts, collectors and lovers.
British Ambassador to Bulgaria Jonathan Allen who hosted the event said:
I am very pleased we had a chance to taste some great Scotch Whisky brands. Like the Residence, Scotch Whisky represents the whole of the UK, demonstrating our long history and fine traditions. It also represents 25% of UK food and drink exports and is sold in 200 markets worldwide. I am happy Bulgaria is a growing market for this iconic, high quality product.
Key facts about Scotch Whisky as of 14 May 2013*:
- Exports generated £4.3 billion for the UK balance of trade
- 40 bottles were shipped overseas each second
- Over 35,000 jobs across the UK are supported by the industry
- Some 20 million casks lie maturing in warehouses in Scotland
- To be Scotch Whisky, the spirit must mature in oak casks in Scotland for at least 3 years
- Drinkers in the UK often choose to enjoy it with just a little water, but in Spain they mix it with cola. In Japan Scottish whisky is enjoyed with lots of water and ice, and in China with cold green tea
- More Scottish whisky is sold in one month in France than Cognac in a year
*Source of data: Scotch Whisky Association