"Let other poets raise a fracas ‘bout vines, an' wines, an' drucken Bacchus,’ . . . I sing the juice Scotch [barley] can mak us” (Robert Burns, 1785). As a gesture of hospitality, a social occasion, a national drink, scotch whisky has been enjoyed and celebrated in Scotland for hundreds of years. From the nineteenth century on, with the advent of blended scotch, the spirit's popularity spread worldwide. Premium scotches are best consumed neat, with a few drops of water or with ice.