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History

Whisky is firmly rooted within Scottish heritage, with its etymology stemming from the Gaelic term ‘uisgebeatha’ meaning ‘water of life’. The production of whisky dates back to 1494, and since then has continued to evolve into the modern whiskies that we know today. Johnnie Walker and James Chivas introduced Scotch Whisky during the 19th Century, taking hold after the sales of wine were slashed after the destruction of French vineyards by the Phylloxera beetle in the 1880s. This paved the way for the introduction of Scotch Whisky to the world. Whisky was exempt from the prohibition in the 1920s as it was used medicinally, and Winston Churchill was one of the most famous to make use of this loophole! Post-World War II saw a significant increase in the exporting of whisky, in an attempt to save the failing economy. Nowadays, the Scotch Whisky industry is booming, as 42 bottles are exported per second, to a massive 1.3 billion each year in 175 markets.