History

Whisky has been distilled in Scotland for hundreds of years.

The earliest reference to a distillery in the Acts of the Scottish Parliament appears to be in 1690. Diageo, the largest distiller in the world, has a whisky archive containing over 500,000 whisky artefacts dating back 200 years, and is the largest source of drinks information in the world. Unfortunately, the archives are not routinely open to public, however to mark the inaugural International Scotch Day in 2017, Diageo gave whisky fans the chance to tour of its liquid library, including over 5,000 bottles.

Where did Whisky come from?

Brian Cox looks into its history.

British Pathe.

Here is a 1947 film made for The Scotch Whisky Association to explain how the process for making Scotch Whisky.

A Guide to Scottish Whisky Regions

Whisky writers Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison look at the distinctly flavoured regions of whisky-making in Scotland, all the way from the light floral whiskies of the lowlands to the pungent and peaty notes of the Islay – including how their specific flavours are achieved, featuring whisky brands;

  • Auchentoshan
  • Glengoyne
  • Aberlour
  • Glen Scotia
  • Highland Park
  • Lagavullin

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