Its etymology probably derives from the old Gaelic Uisge beatha
, translated as "Water of Life." I can imagine it seemed in the dark days before written history that this beverage had more than a little life magic in it. Even today, tasting it for the first time typically marks the beginning of adulthood, and its consumption commemorates life events from weddings to funerals. It's one of my very favorite beverages, and I've created more than a few products which enhance bourbon, rye and Irish whiskey ... and my personal favorite, Scotch whisky.