The week in pictures

19th May, 2017 by Nicola Carruthers

On the eve of World Whisky Day this Saturday (20 May), Drew McKenzie Smith (pictured), the founder of Lindores Abbey Distillery, visited the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh for a private viewing of the first written evidence of the production of whisky in Scotland. The Exchequer Roll (tax record) from 1494, names Friar John Cor, a Lindores monk, who was commissioned by King James IV to turn 8 bolls of malt into Aqua Vitae. Eight Bolls of malt amounts to around 500kg in modern terms and would have been enough to make about 400 bottles of today’s whisky.

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