In the 6th Century AD, Irish monks journeyed to the Middle East and it is
thought that it was there they observed how the alembic was used to distill perfume. On returning to Ireland they invented their own version - the 'Pot Still'. This they used to create a new spirit known as 'UisceBeatha' - 'The Water of Life'.
BARLEY - MALTED AND UNMALTED
Irish Whiskey is made either from malted barley or from a mixture of malted and unmalted barley and other cereals. In Ireland the malt is dried in closed Kilns unlike in Scotland, where malt is dried over open peat fires. This, the malting process used for Irish Whiskey, not only avoids a smokey taste but also ensures a smooth and natural flavour.
Precise amounts of barley and other cereals are ground and then mixed with pure water in a large vessel called a 'mash run'.