Movie of the Week: June 17, 2024: The Water of Life

“When you buy a bottle of whiskey, you buy a hell of a lot more than liquor, in a bottle. You’re buying tradition, you are buying craft, you’re buying history, you’re buying flavor. It’s impossible to replace that, and so that brings so much more culture to how you make the stuff and how you should appreciate it. This is why I love Scotch whiskey above any other drink. The blood of one small nation, absolutely.” ~ Charles Maclean

Our Movie of the Week, the 2021 documentary The Water of Life, was born out of a love for Scotch and a desire to understand the artistry behind it. The film gives viewers unique insights into the human stories behind Scotch, shedding light on the individuals who dedicate their lives to mastering the craft. These artisans employ techniques and traditions that date back to ancient times, including the Bronze Age and the advent of distillation. From the historic Bowmore Distillery to the rise of independent bottlers and the emergence of new distilleries in Scotland, the film takes viewers on a journey through the rich tapestry of whisky-making.

The filmmakers describe The Water of Life as an “immersive” and “visceral” experience that seeks to give viewers the feeling of being in Scotland and savoring these spirits firsthand.

There are numerous reasons why some say (and we at Solari agree) that the Scots invented the modern world. Scotch whisky is certainly one of them! We thoroughly recommend that you give the film a watch.

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