Some Scotch Whisky and Whiskey Quotes…

A close friend recently asked if I had any good quotes surrounding Scotch Whisky which he may use on a sign at an open Scotch bar for another friend’s funeral. I so quickly took stock and realized that, oddly enough I really hadn’t any which I could provide easily.


Of course, being the connected lad that I am, I hurriedly hit the internet and began sending over a few here and there which I thought may be appropriate… Then it hit me… why don’t I add this to the site as a “3DC Approved” resource?! So here they are; a small handful of Scotch and Whisky(ey) based quotes which the 3 Drunken Celts heartily endorse:


“The proper drinking of Scotch whisky is more than indulgence: it is a toast to civilization, a tribute to the continuity of culture, a manifesto of man’s determination to use the resources of nature to refresh mind and body and enjoy to the full the senses with which he has been endowed.”

– David Daiches, Scotch Whisky 1969


“There is no such thing as a bad whisky. Some whiskies just happen to be better than others.”

– William Faulkner


“A good malt bears the imprint of its origins. The source of the water, the quality of the air and the character of the peat used to dry the malted barley all combine to make something unique -the very essence of its environment. Malt whisky is like the Scots tongue – broadly one language yet, within that, so many different dialects, each one unique to its own distillery. It is this subtle distinction which gives every malt its unmistakable identity.”

– From a Highland Park Distillery brochure


“Set up another case bartender! The best thing for a case of nerves is a case of Scotch.”

– W. C. Fields quotes


“For God’s sake bring me a large Scotch. What a bloody awful country. “

– Reginald Maudling


“There were years when I was a beer and tequila guy, then I got real fat. And then I found that you could actually go on a diet and drink scotch. Then I got hooked on scotch, and if you get hooked on scotch, then everything else just tastes wrong.”

– Ron White


“No married man is genuinely happy if he has to drink worse whisky than he used to drink when he was single.”

– H. L. Mencken


“The light music of whiskey falling into a glass – an agreeable interlude.”

– James Joyce


“We borrowed golf from Scotland as we borrowed whiskey. Not because it is Scottish, but because it is good.”

– Horace Hutchinson


“Whisky is liquid sunshine.”

– George Bernard Shaw


“What butter and whiskey won’t cure, there is no cure for.”

– Irish Saying


“Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough.”

 – Mark Twain


And of course the good ‘ol 3 Drunken Celt standby:

Hollinshed, writing in 1577 on this ancient beverage, says: “It sloweth age, it strengtheneth youth, it helpeth digestion, it cutteth flegme, it relisheth the harte, it lighteneth the mynd, it quickeneth the spirits, it cureth the hydropsie, it repelleth gravel . . . and trulie it is a sovereigne liquor if it be orderlie taken”.