Period IV

Alpine Glacier Whisky

The word whisky comes from the Celtic word “Uisge Beatha” and means water of life. As this name suggests, whisky is a drink of Irish and Scottish origin.

The word ‘water of life’ is somewhat misleading. Whisky must contain at least 40% alcohol and be aged for at least three years in wooden casks not exceeding 700 litres. The other important ingredient is water.

Switzerland, until recently, was not known as a producer of whisky. That has now changed. Cooperation between companies from Graübunden and Valais has led to the first production called ‘Glacier Whisky’.

A distillery in Brig-Gils (canton of Valais) and a cellar in Tantermozza near Zernez (canton of Graubünden) and mountain water from springs in Valais and Graubünden produced the first 6 000 litres, stored in twenty oak wine casks from Valais.

In any case, the first barrel has already matured enough to be bottled and marketed.

Switzerland is now also a country of Uisge Beatha.