The Origin of Scottish Whisky - celticgoods

The Origin of Scottish Whisky

The first written record of Scotch Whisky appearing in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland is an intriguing part of the spirit's history. The story begins in the late 15th century, during the reign of King James IV of Scotland.

On June 1, 1494, an entry was made in the Exchequer Rolls, which were the official records of royal income and   expenditure. The entry mentions "eight bolls of malt" that  were given to a Friar John Cor for the production of aqua  vitae, which is Latin for "water of life." This aqua vitae is  believed to be an early form of Scotch Whisky.

At the time, whisky was not consumed in the same way as it is today. It was primarily used for medicinal purposes and as a beverage with strong religious connections. Monks and friars were known to distill and distribute spirits for medicinal use and to fortify themselves during long periods of fasting.

Friar John Cor, mentioned in the Exchequer Rolls, was a representative of Lindores Abbey in Fife, Scotland. The abbey had a long tradition of distilling spirits, and Friar Cor was likely carrying on that tradition. The entry in the Exchequer Rolls indicates that he was given malt to produce aqua vitae for the king, which suggests that the distillation of spirits was a significant practice.

This early mention in the Exchequer Rolls is considered the first written record of Scotch Whisky, marking an important milestone in the history of the spirit. It provides evidence of whisky production and consumption in Scotland during the late 15th century.

Today, Scotch Whisky is internationally recognized as a renowned and cherished spirit, and its roots can be traced back to that historic entry in the Exchequer Rolls.

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