The History of Scotch Whisky

Where did the name Whisky come from? The Latin aqua vitae (water of life) from which came the Gaelic “usage beathea” (pronounced weshka bay) became “usky” the Whisky in English. First written record of production of uisage breatha (water of life, eau-de-vie, in Gaelic) dates back to 1494, but its origin is much older.

Scotland has internationally protected the term Scotch. For a Whisky to be labelled Scotch it has to be produced in Scotland. Other excellent whiskies are produced in other countries, but they are not Scotch.

Whisky Regions

Campbeltown Whisky Region

With just three working distilleries, Campbeltown is Scotland’s smallest whisky-producing region. While some argue this doesn’t warrant it being designated a whisky region, its single

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Island Whisky Region

There are five undisputed Scotch whisky regions: Speyside, Highlands & Islands, Lowlands, Islay, and Campbeltown. The Islands are often considered a region on its own,

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Islay Whisky Region

The small, remote Scottish island of Islay (pronounced ‘eye-lah’) is an antique land. A wild and untamed place, where Celtic monks found refuge from raiding

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Lowland Whisky Region

With miles of farmland and neat woodlands, the Lowlands is one of the most charming and accessible whisky regions in Scotland. Encompassing Edinburgh, Glasgow and

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Speyside Whisky Region

There are over 120 active distilleries spread across Scotland, which are split into five whisky-producing regions; Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside. Where a whisky is

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Whisky Distilleries

Ardbeg Distillery

For over 200 years, Ardbeg has been made on the small, remote Scottish Isle of Islay. Ardbeg Distillery is a Scotch whisky distillery in Ardbeg

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Balblair Distillery

The Balblair distillery in Scotland, established in 1790, is noted as being one of the oldest working distilleries in the Scottish Highlands. It has, for

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Bruichladdich Distillery

Bruichladdich is an award-winning distillery employing generations of distilling knowledge and the principle of minimal intervention. Built in 1881 on the wild Scottish island of

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GlenAllachie Distillery

In October 2017, Billy Walker, Trisha Savage and Graham Stevenson came together to purchase the GlenAllachie Distillery. Before acquiring GlenAllachie, the spirit was predominantly used

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Expressions

Abelour 12 Year

Steeped in centuries of legend and surrounded by the dramatic Highland scenery of Ben Rinnes, the village of Aberlour lies at the very heart of

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anCnoc 12 Years

anCnoc 12 Years

The story of the Knockdhu distillery starts with a man of vision (who also had an eye for a good investment).  In 1892 an enterprising

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Ardbeg AN OA

Ardbeg An OA is named after the Mull of Oa on the Kildalton coast in the south west of Islay. Where Ardbeg distillery is situated,

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Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Ardbeg Corryvreckan takes its name from the famous whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, where only the bravest souls dare to venture. Swirling

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