Today in the Middle Ages: June 1, 1494

On June 1, 1494, Friar John Cor created the first written record of a batch of Scotch whiskey.

Whiskey has been distilled in Scotland for many hundreds of years. Some claim the first monks brought the process with them when they arrived to convert the Picts.

A 1505 record shows that King James IV of Scotland purchased a supply of spirits from a barber while visiting Dundee. The barbers and surgeons had been granted the exclusive right to distill whiskey the year before.