Whisky has a fascinating history which dates back over 2000 years. It was originally considered a medicine, and was used as an anaesthetic and an antibiotic. While we still favour its anaesthetic qualities, it’s more of a pleasure than a requirement nowadays! Whisky from Ireland and USA is usually spelt with an e, whereas everywhere else tends to opt for the version without the e.
It is a distilled beverage, made from fermented grain mash – either barley, wheat, rye or corn. It is only aged in wooden casks, which changes its chemical make-up and taste, and is strictly regulated.