In 1941, the SS Politician sank off Eriskay with 28,000 cases of Scotch Whisky on board. The wreck was the inspiration for the book and film Whisky Galore.
More Scotch Whisky is sold in one month in France, than Cognac in a year.
Laid end to end, Scotch Whisky exports would stretch more than 30,000kms or about six times the distance between Edinburgh and New York.
Whisky can not only be enjoyed as a drink or paired with food, but also in recipes including cakes, preserves and sauces; often used in place of more traditional brandy or wine.
Scotch Whisky became so popular at one stage that people began to make their own to avoid the tax man.
During prohibition in the USA, whisky could be legally obtained through a doctor for 'medicinal' purposes only.
Whisky made in homemade illegal distilleries was named 'moonshine' as it was only made during the night when officials could not see the smoke from the chimneys.
The first 'official' distillery came into existence in 1824 following the Excise Act of 1823.