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After the process of distillation was discovered, it was inevitable that man should use the product closest at hand, easiest to obtain, and least expensive. As a result, where there is an abundance of grain, whisky is distilled.
The word whisky comes from the Celtic uisgebeatha or uisgebaugh (pronounced whis-geh-BAW), the Scottish and Irish words, respectively, for "water of life." Whether it was the Scots or the Irish who first used the word or first distilled whisky is a source of never ending argument between them.
The English found the Celtic word too difficult and too long so they shortened and Anglicized it to whisky. The Canadians and the Scottish use the the same spelling, without the e; the Irish keep the e. The United States used to use the e; the B.A.T.F. now omits it in the Standards of Identity but permits its use in a traditional context.
It is widely accepted that whisky has been distilled in Scotland for hundreds of years, and different hypotheses as to its origins have been suggested. Some state that is was broutht into the country by missionary from Ireland; others point out that, as the Arabs were among the first to learn distillation techniques , knights and men returning from Crusades could have brought the knowledge back from them. It may well be, however, that it evolved simply as a means of using up barley which would otherwise have been ruined after a wet harvest.
While the exact origins are lost in the mists of time, it is generally accepted that the ancient Celts (and yes, that would include the Scots, Irish, Cornish and Welsh) knew how to distill grains at least as far back as 800 BC.
my favorite is Macallan Single Malt Blend Highland Scotch Whisky
From Scotch Ratings
Macallan is a baby-boom startup in the Single Malt business from an old family-run distillery that was providing spirits for blending. Going public allowed them to fund a high-quality Single Malt. They only introduced their first 21 year old in the 1980's.