The First Scotch Whisky

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Scotch whisky pro­duc­tion was very much an il­licit busi­ness in the 17th and 18th cen­turies. Whisky mak­ers would trans­port casks on the backs of horses to sell to in­di­vid­u­als, and tast­ings of the moon­shine was done with quaichs, a shal­low two-handed drink­ing bowl. In 1823, the Ex­cise Act was passed, al­low­ing whisky mak­ers to le­git­imise their busi­ness. Ge­orge Smith, the founder of The Glen­livet and a well-known whisky maker for the qual­ity of his Spey­side whisky, be­came the first per­son to regis­ter for a li­cense, to the anger of his peers who hoped to re­peal the Ex­cise Act. The Glen­livet be­came known as the whisky that started it all, and oth­ers fol­lowed in his foot­steps.

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