Though the exact origins of Scotch are unknown, legend has it the secrets of distillation came to the Scots by way of Ireland here it was introduced by St. Patrick in the fifth century. Scotch was called ‘uisge beatha’ in Gaelic or ‘aqua vitae’ in Latin, both translated as ‘water of life’. Traditionally, Scotch came from four distilling regions: Lowland, Highland, Islay and Campbeltown. Speyside is now distinguished from the Highlands, while the Islands remain a part of that region. Old Capital Tavern encourages you to explore the history, tradition, and character offered by each region.
Bourbon & Rye
Distilling probably arrived in what would later become known as Kentucky when Scottish, Irish, and other settlers began to farm the area in earnest in the late 18th century. The spirit they made evolved and became known as bourbon in the early 19th century. Likely, this was due to its historical association with the geographic area known as Old Bourbon which consisted of the original Bourbon County of Virginia created in 1795 and included much of today’s eastern Kentucky, including the current Bourbon County. Celebrate immigration and the delicious repeal of Prohibition.