Once upon a time in the isolated Highlands of Scotland, items of value within the community were considered as good as actual coinage when determining worth or conducting transactions. A peck of barley meal was a valuable commodity indeed long ago. From it, one could make food, ale, or yes, whisky, which itself was also considered a form a currency and used frequently to pay rents and taxes up until the middle eighteenth century. A suitor with a peck of meal, in a region where “struggle” was as natural a thing as breathing, would have made any young man seeking a wife quite attractive.
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