A Timeless Secret 492

A Timeless Secret
It is​ said that the​ art of​ distilling was discovered somewhere in​ Asia in​ approximately 800 B.C .​
the​ assumption was that this technique was merely used to​ make perfumes,​ however this has been refuted .​
The method by which the​ processes found its way to​ the​ British Isles is​ uncertain; however we do know that the​ Moors brought the​ art of​ distilling to​ Europe .​
It is​ believed that the​ art was then refined in​ monasteries throughout central Europe .​
Apparently the​ patron saint of​ Ireland,​ St .​
Patrick,​ carried this trade into the​ monasteries in​ 432 AD on​ a​ Christian mission .​
Regardless,​ the​ Celts did attain the​ secret eventually and made their water of​ life that in​ Gaelic is​ pronounced Uisge Beatha.
This simple yet not well-known name is​ how the​ scotch whiskey came to​ be,​ as​ Uisge means whiskey .​
The millstone year for whiskey in​ history would have to​ be 1494 as​ a​ Sir Friar John Cor of​ Scotland ordered eight bolls of​ malt .​
It was reportedly to​ be used for aqua vitae which is​ the​ first accountable proof of​ production of​ whiskey in​ Scotland .​
The skill of​ distilling soon left the​ monasteries for the​ farms where just about everyone was making whiskey up until about 1820 this is​ when the​ government decided they were going to​ shut down personal and private distilleries making them illegal .​
The rough and sometimes brutal taste differs greatly from today .​
It was not until the​ eighteenth century that it​ was discovered that with aging came a​ mellower brew .​
The findings of​ the​ aging process was practically tripped upon when an​ old cask long forgotten was found full of​ the​ good stuff .​

The uniting of​ the​ two parliaments one from England and one from Scotland in​ the​ year 1707 is​ what drew into effect the​ Union Act .​
Realizing that it​ would pay off for both sides,​ they came up with an​ unheard of​ plan for making the​ malt.
By the​ year 1725 the​ English malt tax was forged however not without bloodshed .​
At this time every second bottle of​ malt distilled in​ Scotland was of​ the​ illegal kind due to​ roving excise men,​ illicit distilleries,​ and the​ fashion of​ smuggling.
In 1820’s much trouble arose in​ the​ form of​ crime and tough taxing policies which eventually became completely unmanageable .​
To solve the​ problem,​ the​ government ordered the​ Excise Act which allowed the​ government to​ track which distilleries were legal and those which were not by using labels .​

Whisky started out as​ a​ product for the​ British market in​ the​ 1820s,​ but today it​ has become a​ drink that is​ appreciated and loved around the​ world .​
Much of​ this incredible development is​ the​ result of​ the​ introduction of​ blended whisky .​
Even today approximately 90 percent of​ all whisky that is​ produced in​ Scotland is​ used in​ blended whisky .​
However the​ interest of​ single malt whisky has increased in​ recent years and this development is​ likely to​ continue.
A Timeless Secret 492 A Timeless Secret 492 Reviewed by Henda Yesti on August 28, 2018 Rating: 5

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