With the rise of opened markets for Scottish malt whisky in the early eighteenth century, Scotland also saw a rise in the voice of a more pious segment of Scottish life. These folks fueled a very vocal temperance movement which denounced whisky and exposed the evils of distilled spirits and its unruly and despicable effects on civilized society. There were still others, at the same time, who saw whisky as occupying a culturally important place in day-to-day life. “How Dry We Are” was likely a sentiment expressed among those who attempted to balance both views.
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