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The story tells of the whiskey is not fast. Just like the noble drink itself also needs his story time and rest. Only in the deliberate slowness can express their full strength and power attack. Therefore: Sit back! Take a well-deserved break and read interesting facts from the eventful history of the whiskey.

Whisky or Whiskey?

Before we start a short disambiguation. The spelling whiskey is preferably used for Scottish and Canadian whiskey. In contrast, the spelling is "e", ie whiskey, usually for Irish or American whiskey. Since a large part of the development history of the whiskey in Scotland plays here the spelling whiskey is preferred.

How it all began

The term "whiskey" is officially mentioned for the first time in 1726. The origin of the word is either the Scottish Gaelic (uisge beatha) or in Irish (uisce beatha) suspected. In both languages, the term "living water". The Anglicization of the Gaelic uisge beatha by the English, led to the word whiskey. The term was still a synonym for fires of any kind.

The genesis of today known as whiskey drink but began much earlier. As early as the 5th century Christian monks went out to evangelize the influenced by paganism countries Ireland and Scotland. With the monks came to the knowledge of the production of medicines and perfumes to the people. About belonging to every monastery Inns the required expertise was circulated for burning spirits.

Even today, arguing Irish and Scots about what this knowledge for the production of alcohol first took advantage of the two peoples to aqua vitae to distill the original whiskey. Any historical research on the true origin of whiskey inevitably leads to the realm of legends.

First professionalization

The first documented mention was aqua vitae in Scottish tax records from the year 1494. In these documents the acquisition of a half-ton of malt whiskey production by the Benedictine monk John Cor was documented. Soon after, the individual Scottish clans their own demand for whiskey began to burn himself in private distilleries.

After the discovery of America in 1492, the first English settlers attempted to distill whiskey in their new home. Because the imported barley on American soil but bad prospered, wheat and rye were used for whiskey production increased. In Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia emerged in the aftermath of the oldest distilleries in the USA.

Taxes and smugglers

The first state license to operate a distillery in Scotland was granted in 1608. The then King James I authorized Sir Thomas Phillips from the province of Ulster to burn in his territory whiskey.

Shortly before the mid-17th century, the taxation of whiskey followed in Scotland and Ireland. Since the tax laws have been ignored, resigned in 1661. in Ireland, then in 1707 in Scotland prohibiting manufacture of whiskey without state license in force. The result was prolonged and bloody clashes between smugglers and tax collectors.

The taxation of whiskey in America by George Washington in 1794 caused strife. In Pennsylvania, there was the so-called Whiskey Rebellion of the settlers. It was only through the intervention of a 13,000-strong army of the rebellion was put down.

Late legalization

In 1823 was passed in the Scotland Act of Excise. It enabled the legal firing of whiskey for a fee of £ 10 and pay a fixed tax per gallon burned. With this new law, the legal firing of whiskey was lucrative for the first time. Thousands of illegal distilleries disappeared and legally fired whiskey found a rapid spread in the British Isles and worldwide.

Unaffected by the hustle and bustle

Only the whiskey itself has remained in this turbulent history of consistent sleep. He still needs the slow distillation and long-term storage in barrels to develop its full flavor variety. While it has been argued and fought for him, he indulged in a dignified composure.

Let us be inspired by this rest. Already the filling of the amber liquid in one of our exclusive glass carafes can be a moment of contemplative retreat. If sparkling reflections between fine glass and fine drops oscillate forever driving the second hand stops for a moment. Space for the senses and the being.

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