The Scottish Parliament gave its backing to the inaugural World Whisky Day today with a motion which enjoyed cross party support across the chamber.
The brainchild of Aberdeen University student Blair Bowman, World Whisky Day will be held on 27 March 2012 with events already confirmed in the United States, Canada, across Europe, South Africa, Dubai, Kyrgyzstan, India, South Korea, Malaysia, and Australia.
Kevin Stewart MSP raised the motion in Holyrood hailing the international event, recognising how it can boost the reputation of Scottish Whisky and congratulating Blair for the work he has done to create the event.
The Aberdeen Central MSP said: “I am pleased to be able to recognise this international event which originated in Aberdeen. World Whisky Day has attracted such wide spread support from around the globe and will help to promote Scotland’s valuable exports. I hope to see it being repeated in the coming years giving a real focus to responsible enjoyment of our national drink.
“Blair has done a fantastic job getting World Whisky Day off the ground and I hope to see it getting further support from around the globe and locally in Scotland. This is a great opportunity for the industry to build on the success and reputation of whisky.”