This site is dedicated to all my fellow Single Malt Scotch Drinkers all over the World. Slàinte
So what is Scotch?
I will not go into too much depth about what Whisky is.There are far too many wonderful websites out there to give a better explanation than I can.
Please look at the Links page to follow your way to understanding “usquebaugh” which is pronounced “usky”
Scotland has internationally protected the term “Scotch”.
For a whisky to be labeled Scotch it has to be produced in Scotland. If it is to be called Scotch, it cannot be produced in England, Wales, Ireland, America or anywhere else. Excellent whiskies are made by similar methods in other countries, notably Japan, but they cannot be called Scotches.
A Brief History of Scotch?
Originally known as “Aqua Vita” or “water of life” for its healing properties, the first recorded reference to the substance is found in the Scottish Exchequer Rolls of 1494. The following, “Eight bolls of malt to Friar John Cor wherewith to make aqua vitae,” was the equivalent of several hundred bottles of whisky in today’s standards. This distilled beverage was used as a treatment for all kinds of ailments, with many of its users noticing the warm, calming sensation upon “treatment.”
Scotland’s King James IV was recorded as purchasing whisky from the local barber upon a visit to Dundee in 1506. That he purchased it from the barber would not have raised any eyebrows in that time period.
So you may ask what medicinal purposes does Scotch have?
Well, thousands of watchers of “The Outlander” are starting to become well acquainted with Scotch as a pain reliever, a throat infection reducer plus many more. In Outlander, Claire Fraser uses Scotch for many ailments. Check the series or the books series out, you will love it.