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Whisk(e)y

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Whisk(e)y by Stefan Greif
A brief definition and the etymology of the word whisk(e)y itself The history of whisk(e)y Contents A brief definition and the etymology of the word whisk(e)y itself
The history of whisk(e)y
Probably the only beverage ever used as a currency
[The Whiskey Rebellion]


Whisk(e)y = A distillate made of: Grain Yeast Water matures in wooden casks Etymology or in other words: seriously, what's up with that "e" in the brackets?! Scottland: Whisky

Ireland & America: Whiskey gaelic roots: Scottland Ireland uisge beatha uisce beatha uis(g|c)e usky Whisk(e)y both mean "water of life" distillation began with the Babylonians in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq) about 2500 BC the Moors brought the knowledge to continental europe the knowledge was probably brought to the British Isles by missionaries the first monastic distilleries existed in the 12th century Who invented it?
Scottland vs. Ireland Scottland first written document: first written document: Ireland Exchequer Rolls from 1494: "To friar John Corr, by order of the King, to make aquavitae" Irish Annals of Clonmacnoise from 1405 mention the death of a chieftain after "taking a surfeit of aquavitae" between 1536 and 1541, Henry VIII of England dissolved the monastaries whisky production moved from monastic to private set-up Act of union in 1708 Scottish and English parliaments were united English malt tax of 1725 distelleries were shut down or moved underground whisky was hidden in EVERY available space to avoid the governmental Excisemen including altars and coffins illegal distilling at night moonshine 1823 UK passes the Excise Act distillation is legalized (for a fee) this put an end to the large-scale production of moonshine phylloxera pest in the 1880s, the french brandy industry was devastated by the phylloxera pest,
so whisky became the primary liquor in many markets the phylloxera, a true gourmet, finds out the best vineyards and attaches itself to the best wines
Cartoon from Punch, 6 Sep. 1890) Probably the only beverage ever used as a currency during the American Revolution, whiskey was used as a currency and not only was it used as a currency in america, it was also the reason for an armed conflict: the Whiskey Rebellion
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