>The Regions:"Water of Life"-that's the meaning of "Usqua", the original
>Gaelic word for Scotch. The traditional birth of whiskey-making is
>reputed to be more than 500 years ago when, in 1494, the sale of malt for
>the making of whiskey is 1st said to be recorded in the Scottish
>Exchequer Rolls. Location and climate help mold the final character of a
>distillery's end product. Scotland is peppered with geographic
>variations, from jutting rocky ridges and crags in the northern highlands
>to the gentle green glens in the lowlands.
Uisge beatha, uisce beathadh: water of life. The word "whiskey" is the same
word. (It's not just scotch, but any distilled spirits. Presumably
including Irish whisky and rye.)
It is likely that this is a simple translation of aqua vitae. Aquavit and
eau de vie are the same idea in other modern languages.
Might as well be accurate as not.