Scottish Whisky: A Community's Development and Global Impact

Author(s): D'aundra Lewis

Year: 2018


For millennial alcohol has played a prevalent role in the development of communities and human interaction. Scotland is well known for the creation of whisky that made its way to America during the Colonial Period. The goal of this research is to identify the influence alcohol has had on the development of Scotland. Scotland whisky distribution has caused a change in laws, economics, health perspective, and tradition. According to Bill Walker, "Scotch whisky is more than a whisky. It is part of Scotland’s heritage and folklore. It is used as a medicine to cure many ills. As a toddy, it can dispel colds and 'flu. In porridge, it can drive out the freezing cold of Scotland’s winters. It lubricates the larynx and helps parties go with a swing" (Bower, 2016). As people began migrating from Scotland to America, they brought with them their knowledge of whisky production. Although the entire population of Scotland does not consume alcohol, this product can still be used as an indicator to understand their cultural background. It can also lend explanations to better understand drinking cultures in the United States.

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Scottish Whisky: A Community's Development and Global Impact. D'aundra Lewis. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443366)

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