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Old 05-31-2019, 11:57 PM
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June 1, 1495: A monk, John Cor, records the first known batch of Scotch whisky.

To Friar John Cor, by order of the King, to make aqua vitae, VIII bolls of malt.
Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, 1 June 1495.

According to the Scotch Whisky Association, Scotch whisky evolved from a Scottish drink called uisge beatha, which is Latin for "water of life". The earliest record of distillation in Scotland occurred as long ago as 1494, as documented in the Exchequer Rolls, which were records of royal income and expenditure. The quote above records eight bolls of malt given to Friar John Cor wherewith to make aqua vitae over the previous year. This would be enough for 1,500 bottles, which suggests that distillation was well-established by the late 15th century.