|In the Gaelic language, the tongue of the native Highland
Scot, Scotch whisky is known as uisgebeatha, which means “the water
The original Scots, a Celtic race, came across the North Channel of the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland to settle the mainland of northern Britain. Between A.D. 500 and 843 they slowly integrated with the Picts and various other indigenous tribes.
The practice of distillation is said to have been introduced in Scotland
by St. Columba and his followers, who brought Christianity to the
Hebridean island of Iona in A.D. 563. These monks and friars came over
from Ireland, where it is claimed that St. Patrick had introduced the
practice of distillation more than one hundred years earlier.
Scotch whisky has come a long way since the
early Christian missionaries
to distill uisgebeatha in their monasteries and distribute it around the
Highlands of Scotland. Today its distillation has developed into a world-
wide industry, with the single-malts and blended whiskies produced in
Scotland traveling to the far corners of the earth.
Pot stills like this have been used for hundreds of years and are still the main way scotch is distilled.
|Read about the Crafting of Glenfiddich|
|Spirit safes, used to sample the run are locked up at all times and only opened in the presence of a revenue or customs officer.|
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