The History of Whisky

What is the origin of the name 'Whisky'?

The term 'whisky' derives originally from the Gaelic 'uisge beatha', or 'usquebaugh', meaning 'water of life'. Gaelic is that branch of Celtic spoken in the Highlands of Scotland.

When Whisky was first created?

Whisky has been distilled in Europe since 1618. There is some evidence to show that the art of distilling could have been brought to the country by Christian missionary monks, but it ha s never been proved that Highland farmers did not themselves discover how to distil spirits from their surplus barley.

One of the earliest references to 'uiskie' occurs in the funeral account of a Highland laird around 1618. An unpublished letter of February 1622, written by Sir Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy to the Earl of Mar, reported that certain officers sent to Glenorchy by the King had been given the best entertainment that the season and the country allowed. It stated: 'For they wantit not wine nor aquavite.' This 'aquavite' was no doubt locally distilled Whisky.

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