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Whisky: The History

Whisky goes by many names. But the literal translation of whisky is “water of life”. When produced in Scotland it’s called “Scotch Whisky”. The Irish and Americans add an extra "e" to name it “Whiskey”. If it’s made from one single distillery, it’s termed “Single Malt”. Which ever name it carries, it is the most preferred and consumed distilled beverage in the world.

It all started in the year of 1494 when Friar John Cor purchased eight bolls of malt to make “Aqua Vitae” which is Latin for “Water of Life”. This is the first written proof of whisky production in Scotland. Back then. whiskey was used as a medicine for both internal anesthetic and as an external antibiotic. As with many other crafts, the knowledge of distilling soon spread outside of the Irish monasteries, and eventually it was produced on almost every farm in Scotland.

Whisky back in the sixteenth century obviously tasted very different from the drink we enjoy today. It was consumed very young and it had a brutal, raw taste. The accidental discovery that whisky improves and mellows when matured was not made until the mid eighteenth century. It happened when an old forgotten cask was found, and the owner realised that the whisky had in fact not been destroyed but instead tasted better than ever.

Since then whiskey became so popular that later it was even used as currency during the American Revolutionary War. In 1794, Scottish and Irish immigrant farmers in Pennsylvania staged an uprising in response to a federal excise tax imposed on whiskey, this was The Whiskey Rebellion. Yup, whiskey was that important back then.

Today whiskey has become a drink that is appreciated and loved around the world. Much of this incredible development is the result of the introduction of blended whisky; even today approximately 90 percent of all whisky that is produced in Scotland is used in blended whisky. However the interest of single malt whisky has increased in recent years and this development is likely to continue.