Straight From Scotland: Lesser known facts about Scotch Whisky
Whisky connoisseurs, know that there could be nothing better than unwinding with a peg or two, relishing its smooth taste after a hectic day at work. As Haruki Murakami rightly puts it, “Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it's time to drink.”
Well, undoubtedly, this Magical elixir is a sophisticated man’s drink!
But, did you know this mystical cocktail has a captivating history associated with it? Did you know your favorite Whiskey was first distilled in Scotland? Or riots broke because it was taxed? Let's take a deep dive in the history and unravel history associated with this versatile elixir.
It all began in Scotland.
All Scotch is Whiskey but all Whisky is not Scotch. In fact, this magical elixir took birth as a Scotch. The first Whiskey was brewed in Scotland in 1494. Although this whisky might not have been planned as a social drink - it was likely used for medicinal purpose. This is the first reference of distilling whiskey in Scotland.
Whiskey in all its medicinal glory
Who could have imagined that Whiskey started out as a medicine? It was infused with various herbs to add medicinal value to it. Back then, distilleries in Scotland had to use grapes or grains to ferment spirits, owing to cold weather.
Blended Whiskey was the real Whiskey
Back in the day, when some Scottish entrepreneurs stumbled upon the idea of strring inexpensive whiskies with the prominent ones, it took a life of its own, thus leading to the birth of blended whisky. And that's how, we are getting to savour some of the most widely enjoyed brands of today.
A Whiskey Rebellion in 1794
We all love sipping a peg of nice smooth Whiskey every now and then and would probably do anything for it. Of course it wasn't an easy road back in the day. There was a revolt in Pennsylvania after Alexander Hamilton began taxing Whiskey in 1791. Needless to say, it was met with resistance. Riots broke out in 1794 and George Washington had to send troops.
Did you know
Whisky was drunk as the liquid that ran of the still and people just didn't think it could improve if it was stored in any way. Someone noticed that Whisky from a barrel that had gained extra flavor from storing in oak storage. Today, Scotch whisky is required by law to age in wood.
So. let's pour a little Scotch and raise a toast to rich history associated with it.
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