Whiskey or Whisky? Depends where you are from really... Wikipedia has this to offer on the origin of the word:
Whisky is a shortened form of usquebaugh, which English borrowed from Gaelic (Irish uisce beatha and Scottish uisge beatha). This compound descends from Old Irish uisce, "water", and bethad, "of life" and meaning literally "water of life". It meant the same thing as the Latin aqua vītae which had been applied to distilled drinks since early 14th century. Other early spellings include usquebea (1706) and iskie bae (1583). In the Irish Annals of Clonmacnoise in 1405, the first written record of whiskey appears describing the death of a chieftain at Christmas from "taking a surfeit of aqua vitae". In Scotland, the first evidence of whisky production comes from an entry in the Exchequer Rolls for 1494 where malt is sent "To Friar John Cor, by order of the king, to make aquavitae".
And we have something a little easier to swallow - our "ambidextrous" Whisk(e)y Room sign. Perfect for your home bar, your outdoor barbecue area or wherever you have a space approximately 2m wide!
Manufactured from mild steel with a rusted finish and complete with holes already drilled for ease of attachment, this sign was originally destined for a bar in the region, who have now gone with a new sign with the "e"-less spelling.
So it is time for the Whiskey To Go Go! It could be yours...come and see us at 54 Ballantyne Rd
06 April 2010
We are pleased to announce that Ernie (once again!) has earned an award for his work - this one presented by the Wanaka Art Society Incorporated for his piece "Cowbell", pictured below, in the Sculpture category.