THE HISTORY OF WHISKEY Whiskey is Ancient! Whiskey is the product of the distillation of fermented grain. The first records of the process were found in the archeological digs of millennia BC Babylon and Mesopotamia. Initially used for the creation of perfumes and aromas, distillation 2 nd slowly spread across the ancient civilizations where it received numerous adaptations and improvements, finally finding its home behind the walls of the European Christian monasteries. Which Came First, the Scottish or Irish? Well, history tells us that they both had firsts that contributed to the rise of whiskey drinking. • The first written recording of whiskey in Europe was in 1494. Scotland’s Exchequer granted malt to Friar John Cor to make 1500 bottles. • In 1608 Ireland’s Old Bushmills Distillery became the first licensed whiskey distillery in the world. Whiskey On to North American Soil 1775 saw whiskey used as a form of currency in America. During the Old West days, the saying here (in Colorado) was “whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over.” Then Prohibition (1920 – 1933) came and decimated the industry in the US. It forced the making underground into the arms of organized crime. It reduced the expansion and technological advancement of the industry. Even with the end of prohibition in 1933, it took until the ’70s for the industry to regroup and move forward. It also helped to raise the profile of the Canadian rye variety. LEARN MORE Check out this excellent site www.whiskeyfacts.com for more information. 14
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