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The word whisky (here always spelled without the “e”), is a derivation of “usky,” shortened from the Irish word “usequebaugh,” which means “water of life.” “Eight boils of malt to Friar John Cor wherewith to make aqua vitae.” This is what appeared in the Scottish exchequer rolls in 1494, and is the earliest written mention of whisky, though it certainly existed centuries earlier. (By the way, this amount of malt would produce approximately 1500 bottles.) The popular story goes that St. Patrick made the first incarnation of whisky in Ireland around the 5th century AD, and it came to Scotland through the passing of tribal rituals from there. Some Scotch purists would argue whisky always had its origins at home, independent of the Irish. Regardless, as with most pleasurable beverages, monks were responsible for the earliest distillations. Whisky is brewed from fermented grain, and was first used for medicinal purposes. At this time, whisky was Read more »

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