the spirit of alchemy: moonshine & ‘uisge beatha’

‘The second Booke of Distillations, containing Sundrie excellent Secret remedies of Distilled Waters’ …

… Anonymous woodcut illustration of alchemist in his laboratory in: ‘The Practise of the New and Old Phisicke’ by Conrad Gesner, 1599, via the British Museum; found at the fascinating BibliOdyssey

‘Moonshine Still’, from Earl Palmer’s superb Appalachian Photograph Collection, 20thC, via Virginia Tech; found at Home Distiller

‘Legendary Appalachian distiller Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton evades the law one last time’, from the sad tale, ‘Death of a Moonshiner’, read the story here

‘Moonshine’, Kings County Distillery c.’10, ‘New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery, the first since before prohibition’ … aka, ‘white whiskey’, also, hooch, firewater, white lightning, mountain dew, etc … more here

‘Elements of Islay’ c.’08, single malt whiskies … complete with Periodic Table labels & laboratory bottles … for ‘medicinal’ purposes, particularly during the depths of winter to warm the body from the inside out … the sublime restorative & so-called ‘uisge beatha’ {water of life in Gaelic} … pick your poison …

… 2011 is the International Year of Chemistry‘exciting electrons’ and so much more …!