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THE WATER OF LIFE

The Water of Life

Usquebaugh

 

Scots Gaelic: Water of Life, Whisky

 

The Highlands of Scotland had the perfect climate and geography for producing whisky. Distilling quickly became widespread amongst the farming community where the main crops were barley and oats and the Highland Glens (valleys) offered a hide away from the prying government taxman.

 

For many years the government chased the distillers to no avail until they decided to pass the Excise Act in 1823. This allowed the distillers to purchase a licence for a fee and hence distil legally. Glenlivet distillery was the first to sign up in 1824 and slowly but surely many more followed. Many registering in the locations of their illicit distilling.