Malt Whisky Distilleries
Whisky has been distilled in Scotland for hundreds of years and exports recently generated an incredible £4.3 billion GB Pounds in a year which is amazing when you think the population of Scotland is only around 5 million.
Strong evidence shows that this art of distilling was probably brought to Scotland by Christian missionary monks, but it has never been proved that Highland farmers did not themselves discover how to distil spirits from their surplus of barley.
The earliest record of distilling in Scotland was in the year 1494, when an entry in the Exchequer Rolls stated "Eight bolls of malt to Friar John Cor to make aqua vitae" (Latin for 'water of life'). This was enough malt to produce 1500 bottles of whisky, and clearly indicates that distilling had already become a popular well established practice in Scotland.