In the latest update by the Unicode Consortium, the group responsible for updating and managing the emoji icons, a whisky glass was finally added, allowing whisky lovers worldwide to communicate their love for the spirit with a simple emoji.
Up until now only beer mugs, cocktail glasses, and wine glasses were available to smartphone users. People use the emojis on social media and messaging apps to show their followers and friends what they are drinking, and what they’re up to in general.
But us whisky lovers haven’t been able to show off our favourite drink so easily, until now. After many years, and through continuous efforts by many, the Tumbler Glass emoji has finally been added to the emoji list, finally bringing peace to the world of alcoholic beverages.
While to some this addition may not seem like a big deal, the world-renowned Ballantine’s whisky brand is overjoyed. In the summer of 2014 the brand started the #whiskyemoji campaign, in an attempt to push Unicode to include a whisky glass in their emoji selection.
‘Without a whisky emoji, how could whisky drinkers express their love for the spirit that they enjoy?’ said Sophie Gallois, director of marketing at Ballantine’s. ‘This is why Ballantine’s submitted the emoji to Unicode and campaigned so hard to get it approved. After two years we are delighted that the whisky emoji has arrived.’
The emoji was introduced in June 2016 and has slowly been added to different networks including Twitter, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and most recently, Apple smartphones. The emoji has not yet come to Facebook but is expected to by February 2017.
Apple is the only company to feature the glass and whisky without the addition of ice, making us respect the people over at Apple even more. They know how to consume their dram!
Happy holidays everyone. Don’t forget to let your friends and family know you’re enjoying a whisky with the awesome new emoji.