The First Scotch Whisky
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.