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  • Uisge Beatha

    1500’s
    The word “uisge beatha,” meaning “water of life,” is popular Gaelic vernacular which refers to distilled spirits. Pronounced “oos-ke-bah,” it is where we get our English word, “whisky”.
  • References by Robert Burns

    1791
    “Usquaebach” is immortalized by the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns, in his poem Tom O’Shanter: “Wi Usquaebach we’ll face the de’il” – or, “With Usquaebach we’ll face the devil.” The word is commonly used to refer to Scotch whisky throughout the UK.
  • First Marketing

    1800
    Spirits merchants Ross & Cameron of Iverness, Scotland, begin marketing their own proprietary vatted malt blends.
  • The Brand is Born

    1877
    Ross & Cameron establishes the first trademark for “The Usquaebach.”
  • William Grigor & Sons

    1926
    The Usquaebach trademark is passed along to William Grigor & Sons, an ambitious spirits trading company and principals of the famous Bowmore Distillery.
  • Twelve Stone Flagons Ltd.

    1969
    Twelve Stone Flagons Ltd., an American company owned by Stanley Stankiwicz, purchases the trademark and expands distribution to the United States.
  • Nixon's Inauguration

    1969
    Usquaebach Old-Rare is served at U. S. President Richard Nixon’s White House Inaugural Dinner.
  • Bush's Inauguration

    1989
    Usquaebach Old-Rare is selected again to be poured at President George H.W. Bush’s White House Inaugural Dinner – a testament to the whisky’s superior quality and character.
  • Cobalt Brands

    2005
    Cobalt Brands becomes the new, proud owner of Usquaebach and continues to distribute the brand throughout the United States and the world.