Infographic: How Whiskey Was Distilled, 1942

Infographics are nothing new, as this proves. It’s a vintage feature on Hiram Walker’s whiskey distillery, Illinois, and how whiskey was made there. Click on the picture below to see the full image.

The feature came from Forbes magazine around 1942, and back then Hiram Walker was the world’s largest distillery. The figure in the text – which you can just about make out – suggests it was worth about $13,000,000. In today’s money, calculated via some spurious method, that’s anything from about $147,000,000.00 to $1,210,000,000 – either way, you get the idea.

I find there’s something comforting about the fact that not much changes in the distillation process – having said that, I’m sure any industry engineers out there would be able to spot the differences between then and now.

(Via Infographics Showcase.)


I've written about (and reviewed) whisky for Whisky Magazine, among other publications, and have been a whisky judge for competitions including the World Whiskies Awards. I've done other writing too: several mass market genre novels, a few short stories, including for BBC Radio 4. For my day job (I know, I don't get out much) I work in digital content. Follow me on Instagram.com/maltreview/ or Twitter.com/MaltReview. Generally, my tastes lean towards ex-sherry cask and ex-wine cask influences on the spirit, but I'm not so fussed as long as the whisky's gone into good wood.

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