Johnson observes that Usquebaugh
is "an Irish and Erse [Gael.] word, which signifies 'the water of life'." I know not how the learned lexicographer had adopted the idea of its "being drawn on aromatics," unless it had been from the occasional flavour of the peat-reek.
(5) The elixir vitae--the legendary, alchemical concoction said to provide those who ingest it with eternal life--was associated with distilled spirits, 'aqua vitae, eau de vie, usquebaugh
, "the water of life"', and was, notably, a 'drug' of sorts that was a vital ingredient in such early Faustian-based Gothic narratives as William Godwin's St Leon (1799).
The history of Scotch whisky dates back to the 15th century, when enterprising farmers began to distill usquebaugh
- Gaelic for the water of life - from malted barley.
The same phrase in Gaelic is usquebaugh
, which gives us the word whiskey.
Cuando los arabes introdujeron la tecnica, entonces reciente, de la destilacion en Europa, en la Edad Media, los alquimistas creyeron que el alcohol era el tan buscado elixir de la vida y por eso se le considero el remedio de todas las enfermedades, segun indica el termino whisky (en gaelico: usquebaugh
, "agua de la vida") actualmente sabemos que el valor terapeutico del alcohol es mucho mas limitado que su valor social.
A Whisky B Celtic composition C Take possession illegally who am I?