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Many people believe that people learned how to distill around 800 B.C.  The first primitive distilleries were in Asia and many scholars initially believed that they were used to make perfume.  However, this theory has been disproven.

Although scholars are not sure when distilling methods reached the British Isles, they do know that the Moors were the ones who spread the knowledge.  Common wisdom states that monasteries throughout Central Europe further refined these methods.  Apparently, the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, carried this trade into the monasteries in 432 C.E. on a Christian mission.  In any case, the Celts did acquire the means to make their “water of life”.  In Gaelic, it is pronounced “Uisge Beatha”.

This is how scotch whiskey came to be.  The milestone year for whiskey would have to be 1494.  This was the year that Sir Friar John Cor of Scotland ordered eight bolls of malt.  It was reportedly to be used for aqua vitae, which is the first verifiable proof of whiskey production in Scotland.

Distilling moved quickly from the monasteries to the countryside.  Private whiskey production continued unabated until 1820.  The government made a choice to prohibit citizens from running their own distilleries.  It was also during this time that distillers discovered that aging the scotch produced a smoother and mellower taste.  Before aging, many modern scotch drinkers would not like the rough and pungent scotch of yesteryear.

Widespread whisky production was geared toward the British market for many years.  However, people the world over love and appreciate the wonderful taste of whiskey.  Approximately 90% of all whisky that is produced in Scotland is used in blended whisky.  Scotch has enjoyed a resurgence among drinkers who appreciate a more refined beverage.

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