Whisky

Uisge beatha', the water of life. If there's one thing Scotland does well, it's making great Whisky. The drink was first noted in 1494, and was a way to use up rain soaked barley.  The drink then began to get taxed in 1644 which saw a dramatic rise in illegal distilleries. According to Visit Scotland "there were about eight legal distilleries and 400 illegal ones". Today Whisky is enjoyed in 200 countries worldwide. And while some countries make great Whisky. No-one does it quite like Scotland.