Whiskey was first created by Irish monks who decided to distil beer. Distill beer! Why WOULDN’T you do that? Even the word “whiskey” is an English bastardization of the Gaelic uisge beatha, literally “water of life.” The oldest licensed distillery in the world is Northern Ireland’s Bushmill’s, with a charter dating back to 1608 that was signed by King James I. So what better drink to toast our Irish heritage, real or temporary, than whiskey?