By Lorna Martin
It is often described as the water of life, but this particular dram could leave you gasping for breath. Tomorrow, the Islay-based Bruichladdich distillery, on the west coast of Scotland, will revive the ancient tradition of quadruple distilled single malt. The process will produce the world's strongest whisky at 92 per cent.
Centuries ago, people drank it as a cure for colic, smallpox and other common diseases. But according to the world's oldest whisky tasting note, written more than 300 years ago by the traveller Martin Martin, anything more than two spoonfuls could prove fatal. In 1696, he wrote: '... two spoonfuls of this last liquor is a sufficient dose; if any man should exceed this, it would presently stop his breath, and endanger his life.'
The whisky is expected to become a collector's classic with only 12 barrels being produced.