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Distillation

Distilling in Scotland remained an extension of rural life well into the 19th century. It was the invention of the 'patent still' that revolutionized distilling and laid the foundations of the industry we know today.

Ironically, the patent still that came to be used widely by distillers was invented in 1830 by an exciseman - Aeneas Coffey, a former inspector-general of Excise in Ireland. The Coffey still, as it became known, had some significant advantages over the traditional pot still. It produced whisky more cheaply, quickly and in greater quantities, and the process was continuous (as opposed to in batches).

 

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