Worlds Oldest Whisky Still Discovered in Scotland

first_imgStay on target Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists Ron Swanson may have to make another stop on his next trip to Scotland. Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the world’s oldest whisky still on the site of an abbey in Fife.Lindores Abbey itself dates to 1191, when construction began on land in Newburgh that was granted by King William the First to his brother. The distillery was a much later addition.Whisky was mentioned in King James IV’s Exchequer Rolls of 1494. That year, Friar John Cor was commissioned by the king himself to produce a large quantity of aquavitae. How much? The Manual did a bit of math and came up with a figure of about 790 gallons.Based on the new evidence found among the Abey’s ruins, it’s now known that the spirit Friar John distilled was indeed whisky.Image: Lindores Abbey DistilleryThe remains of a kiln were unearthed and the design lines up with others constructed during the Medieval period. The archaeological team also found traces of charcoal, barley, oats and wheat as well as Medieval pottery shards.The small structure in the background of the photo was the Abbey’s grain store. Its proximity to the kiln reinforces the importance of distilling at the site.Fittingly, there’s a modern distillery operating on the site of the old Abbey. The new Lindores Abbey Distillery opened its doors last year and “spirit started flowing once again from copper stills… after a break of 523 years.”Founder Drew McKenzie Smith is understandably excited about the team’s findings. “Lindores Abbey has long been considered the spiritual home of Scotch whisky, and this discovery underlines the historical importance of this site.”If you’re a whisky aficionado and you’re looking for a place to soak up some history (and some fine, fine whisky), you’ll want to seriously consider catching a plane to Edinburgh and heading north to Newburgh.More on Ancient Painted Mummies Discovered in EgyptChocolate is 1,500 Years Older Than We ThoughtHidden Treasures Uncovered in Hungary as Danube Dries Uplast_img

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