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London Whisky, the start of the story

Who invented whisky? The Scots and Irish have been slugging this one out for centuries. But there’s a case for saying it was actually Londoners. Records show King Harold making a barley-based eau de vie in north London as early as 1060. This would pre-date the first known example of Scottish whisky production by more than 400 years. London’s tradition of whisky distilling has been largely forgotten, but in the first half of the 19th century the capital  was home to at least 6 whisky distilleries. Competition from the Scots and a dramatic crash in whisky prices, put nearly all of them out of business (Source : Darren Rook, founder of the London Distillery Company, Evening Standard 19.04.2017). Now a new generation of craft distillers are on the brink of resurrecting that tradition and there’s a bit of a race on at the moment to be the first to relaese a London whisky, but there’s no rush. The important thing to remember is that making a good whisky takes time (you have to age a …