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The History of Whisky Timeline

small pagoda First written record of whisky
1505 small pagoda Guild of Surgeon Barbers, Edinburgh granted charter to sell whisky
1577 small pagoda Raphael Holinshead writes his Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland and extols the value of uisge beatha
1590 small pagoda First recorded export of whisky to Ireland
1608 small pagoda License granted to produce whiskey at Bushmills Distillery, Northern Ireland
1627 small pagoda Robert Haig establishes his distillery
1644 small pagoda First duty on whisky introduced by Act of Scottish Parliament
1675 small pagoda Robert Boyle describes his new hydrometer
1688 small pagoda First duty on alcoholic strength of whisky
1689 small pagoda Ferintosh Distillery burnt down by supporters of James ll
1751 small pagoda Gilcomston Distillery, Aberdeen founded
1757 small pagoda Kilbeggan Distillery, reputedly built in Ireland
1775 small pagoda Glenturret Distillery founded
1779 small pagoda Justerini & Justerini sell whisky in London.
Bowmore Distillery founded.
1784 small pagoda John Jameson started distilling in Dublin
1786 small pagoda Strathisla Distillery founded
1794 small pagoda Bridge of Don Distillery completed
1795 small pagoda Tobermory Distillery on Mull founded
1798 small pagoda Highland Park, Ardbeg and Glen Garioch start distilling
1810 small pagoda Glenburgie Distillery founded
1816 small pagoda Sikes hydrometer adopted.
Laphroaig Distillery founded.
1817 small pagoda Teaninich, Duntocher and Lagavulin Distilleries open
1823 small pagoda Licensing of Distilleries
1824 small pagoda Glenlivet takes out license
1825 small pagoda Edradour, Scotland's smallest distillery founded
1826 small pagoda First patent for a continuous still awarded to Robert Stein.
James Allardes of GlenDronach takes out a license.
1830 small pagoda William Teacher opens his first grocers shop
1837 small pagoda Lagg Distillery, Arran founded
1839 small pagoda The Chivas dynasty founded
1844 small pagoda Glenfarclas Distillery opens
1851 small pagoda Dailuaine Distillery founded
1789 small pagoda Black Bottle is introduced
1882 small pagoda VAT 69 is launched by Sanderson
1886 small pagoda Glenfiddich Distillery founded
1892 small pagoda Balvenie Distillery opens
1894 small pagoda Famous Grouse Whisky appears for the first time
1896 small pagoda Dufftown Distillery opens
1897 small pagoda Tomatin and Dalwhinnie founded
1898 small pagoda Pattisons blending company goes bankrupt and many distilleries forced to close
1909 small pagoda Johnny Walker Red Label launched
1913 small pagoda Teacher's introduce their new cork
1936 small pagoda Ballantine's is bought by Hiram Walker
1941 small pagoda SS Politician is lost with a cargo of whisky of the Isle of Eriskay
1949 small pagoda Tullibardine Distillery is rebuilt
1959 small pagoda Tormore, the first new distillery to be built in the 20th century in Scotland.
Whisky rationing in the UK ceases.
1966 small pagoda Deanston Distillery opens in an old cotton mill designed by Richard Arkwright
1990 small pagoda Drumguish Distillery produced its first spirit
1994 small pagoda 500th anniversary of whisky production in Scotland.
1996 small pagoda Arran Distillery founded.
1999 small pagoda founded
2004 small pagoda Glengyle Distillery in Campbeltown
2005 small pagoda Daftmill, a small farm distillery in Fife
2005 small pagoda Kilchoman Distillery on Islay
2007 small pagoda Ailsa Bay, a new distillery for William Grant & Sons’ opens in Girvan
2008 small pagoda Abhainn Dearg, a small distillery on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis
2010 small pagoda The largest drinks company in the world, Diageo, officially opens
2013 small pagoda Strathearn a small Distillery in Perthshire
2013 small pagoda Wolfburn Distillery opens in Thurso to become the most northerly
2014 small pagoda Annandale Distillery in Annan
2014 small pagoda Ardnamurchan Distillery on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in Argyll
2014 small pagoda Pernod Ricard builds Dalmunach Distillery
2015 small pagoda Eden Mill at Guardbridge near St Andrews
2015 small pagoda Kingsbarns near St Andrews, Fife
2015 small pagoda Ballindalloch on Speyside
2015 small pagoda Arbikie on the Angus coast near Arbroath
2015 small pagoda Glasgow Distillery at Hillington, Glasow
2017 small pagoda InchDairnie at Glenrothes in Fife
2017 small pagoda Isle of Harris at Tarbert
2017 small pagoda Toabhaig owned by the Mossburn Distillery Company and located on
2017 small pagoda Bladnoch reopens in the Borders under new ownership
2017 small pagoda Ne’ean owned by Drimnin Distillery company located at Lochaline in
2017 small pagoda Clydeside owned by Morrsion Glasgow Distillers and located on the River Clyde, Glasgow
2017 small pagoda Dornoch, a small distillery owned by Dornoch Castle Hotel in the north of Scotland
2017 small pagoda Isle of Raasay located on the Isle of Raasay near Skye
2017 small pagoda Lindores Abbey near Newburgh in Fife
2017 small pagoda Toulvaddie located at Fearn near Tain
2018 small pagoda Lone Wolf owned by Brewdog and located in Ellon, Aberdeenshire
2018 small pagoda Glen Wyvis, a community owned project located in Dingwall
2017 small pagoda Aberargie located south of Perth
2018 small pagoda Borders Distillery owned by the Three Stills Company located at Hawick
2018 small pagoda Edradour No 2 – expansion of Edradour near Pitlochry
2018 small pagoda Macallan Distillery opens new distillery at Craigellachie
2018 small pagoda Lochlea Distilelry at Craigie, North Ayrshire
2018 small pagoda Deeside Distillery in Banchory, Aberdeenshire
2018 small pagoda Ardnahoe Distillery on Islay
2019 small pagoda Falkirk Distillery
2019 small pagoda Lagg Distillery on the isle of Arran and owned by Isle of Arran Distillery
2019 small pagoda Holyrood Distillery in the capital, Edinburgh
2019 small pagoda Bonnington Distillery located in Leith, Edinburgh


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