Good to know: the origin of Scotch
The first written record of Scotch whisky is from 1494, in the Scottish Exchequer Rolls, where it states:
“Eight bolls of malt to Friar John Cor wherewith to make aqua vitae.”
Now, we know that John Cor was a friar at Lindores Abbey in Fife, and that aqua vitae means “water of life” in Latin. Anything else?
Distillation likely originated in China and travelled west via Arabia
It did not reach Europe until the 11th or 12th century
Good to know. Thanks be to Friar John and ye olde records of income and expenditure.