The history of the whisky industry goes back to the 14th century; the word whisky comes from the Gaelic language “usquebaugh”, meaning “water of life” that translated first to “usky” then “Whisky” in English. Other descriptive terms used centuries ago were, “ardent spirits” and “aquavitae” Today in the modern world it is known as Scotch whisky, Scotch or Whisky.
Today in the 21st century whisky represents a multi-billion pound industry achieving exports in excess of 3.5 billion pounds a year.
Early whiskies were malt whisky which would have been as they described a fiery drink. In 1831 Aeneas Coffey invented the Coffey or Patent Still, which enabled a continuous process of distillation to take place. This led to the production of Grain Whisky, a different, less intense spirit, produced in the distinctive copper pot stills.
The lighter flavoured Grain Whisky, when blended with the more fiery malts, extended the appeal of Scotch whisky to a considerably wider market. For the market today the industry produces a wide range of blended and pure malt whiskies to satisfy the taste of the sophisticated consumer.