From the highlands of Scotland to your bar cabinet today, the scotch whisky has a long and colourful history featuring rogue kings, rebellions, and wars. Known popularly as the drink of the connoisseur and not an easy favourite to digest, whisky is strong-flavoured, robust and evocative of the land it comes from. Despite famous distilleries all over the world claiming expertise with their own whisky brand, nothing can surpass the premier status of the scotch whisky. Aged in an oak barrel for no fewer than 3 years, the grain whisky of the scotch is legally regulated and only produced exclusively in Scotland.
It all began around 900 AD, when a group of travelling Christian monks arrived in Scotland bringing along the art of spirit distillation. With no vineyards or grapes available, a drink from fermented grain evolved, popularly called by the locals as “uisge beatha” or “water of life”. The Scotch whisky was thus born, flourishing until the English invasion and the Act of Union in 1707. The new government imposed heavy taxes on whisky production, which were flouted rampantly by smugglers and illicit distilleries. The Scots didn’t want to pay a foreign government for making their native drink, and rebellion reigned till 1823 when taxes were lowered with the Excise Act.
The 19th century was also the rise of the Industrial Revolution, which saw the development of many state-of-the-art distilleries. Malted barley distilled in peat fire kilns created the uniquely flavoured modern Scotch whisky, now globally known for its distinctive flavour. The invention of the column still helped popularise the whisky by creating a smoother, milder version at cheaper rates. However, the phylloxera bug infestation was the true reason for Scottish whisky gaining popularity in Europe.
The insect epidemic destroyed most vineyards in France and Britain in the 19th century, bringing the wine and brandy industry to a standstill. The Scots were quick to seize the opportunity and flood the market with blended scotch, offering milder tasting notes for their English consumers. This wise move established an iconic spirit, a tradition that is still being upheld all over the world.
Oakton Premium whisky joins this tradition as a rare breed of barrel-aged 18-year old Scotch whisky, blended with matured Indian malts. Harmonious, crisp with a lingering fruity aftertaste, experience history with every sip you take.