The History of Scotch Whisky

In Scotland, we find the first mention of fortified alcoholic beverage production late in the fifteenth century. At Lindores Abbey near the small market town of Newburgh, Fife, the Tironensian monks certainly knew a thing or two about distillation. There, Friar John Cor was party to a contract duly recorded in official Scottish records. The Exchequer Rolls documented royal finances from the year 1326 until 1708. An entry from 1494 notes a payment made to Brother John Cor, “…by the King’s command, to make aqua vitae within the period of the account, eight bolls of malt”.