THE FIRST WHISKEY DISTILLER IN THE WORLD
This Old World Style Whiskey is 526 years in the making. The earliest recorded evidence of whiskey was distilled by a Scottish friar named John in 1494 at the request of King James IV. Our whiskey pays homage to that incredible breakthrough over 500 years ago, and we know the world’s first whiskey distiller would be proud to partake in this iteration that’s still fit for a king.
If you are local to Charleston, SC, Friar John is currently available to purchase at the Striped Pig Distillery. You can also order in advance for pickup. Friar John will be available to purchase online for delivery soon.
A 526-year-old legend lives on…in a whiskey named Friar John.
The earliest recorded evidence of whiskey was distilled by a Scottish Friar named John in 1494. His magical liquid was originally called “aqua vitae” (the water of life), a common Latin name for liquor at that time. In this case, it meant whisky.
Our FRIAR JOHN Whiskey pays homage to that incredible breakthrough over 500 years ago. In the famous Exchequer Rolls of James IV, the King wrote: “To Friar John… by order of the King, to make aqua vitae VIII bolls of malt.”
It’s fair to say Friar John could not have imagined his newly distilled spirit would eventually become so wildly popular throughout the world. The United States alone produces 37 million cases of whiskey a year. Today whiskey (or whisky, depending on where it’s made) is distilled in over 10 countries around the world.
The whiskey has a beautiful, light amber color, a honey-scented aroma and a slightly fruity flavor profile, making it gentle on the palate and smooth on the finish.
Friar John, the worlds’ very first whiskey distiller, would be proud to partake in this whiskey that’s fit for a king.
FRIAR JOHN Whiskey
“Fit for a King!”
Handmade in small batches in an old-world style, the mash bill is primarily corn, aged in oak barrels
40% ABV (80 Proof) 750 ml
Produced by Local Choice Spirits and bottled at the Striped Pig Distillery
N. Charleston, SC, USA