Whisky is derived from the Gaelic word ‘uisge beatha’, or ‘usquebaugh’, which means ‘water of life’. Gaelic is a part of the Celtic family of languages and spoken in the Highlands of Scotland.
While Whisky has been distilled in Scotland for very long, there is some evidence to show that distilling itself was brought to the country by Christian missionary monks.
However, the earliest historical reference to whisky is around 1494 in the Scottish Exchequer Rolls, where there is an entry of ‘eight bolls of malt to Friar John Cor wherewith to make aquavitae (i.e. water of life). A boll was an old Scottish measure of not more than six bushels. (One bushel is equivalent to 25.4 kilograms)
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