Visits and Trips Magazine Issue 3 | Page 13

Scotch! O f all Scottish culinary staples, Scotch whisky stands out as the world’s best-known, most sought-after Scottish spirit. The first mention of Scotch whisky dates back to 1494, when Friar John Cor was requested to distil a special ‘aqua vitae’ (water of life) from eight bolls of malt. Since the early Modern era, Scotch whisky has progressed in science and vastly evolved in taste, becoming one of Scotland’s most historic and primary international claims-tofame. Homecoming 2014 has designated an entire month to Whisky: May 2014 will usher in warmer weather and welcome curious tasters to savour the varieties of malt and grain whiskies by opening a score of different distilleries and travelling itineraries. Whisky month will showcase 100’s of events across the nation – a tasty proposition not to be missed! The Whisky Trail Speyside, Scotland’s most famous whisky region, is home to the Malt Whisky Trail, the only itinerary of its kind in the world. Open year-round, multiple day programmes give travellers a chance to discover both the geography and delve into one of Scotland’s most fascinating pieces of culinary history. For information on maps and routes, tastings and things to see, check out: tours/whiskey_tours/private_ tours/2013/whiskey_tour.html For reservations, contact Visits and Trips Scotland at: [email protected]