Of Spirituous Liquors Or Spirits

Spirituous liquors are the produce of vinous ones, obtained by the

distillation of these last. The art of making wine is of the remotest

antiquity, since it is attributed to Noah; but that of distilling it, so

as to extract its most spirituous part, dates only from the year 1300.

Arnand de Villeneuve was the inventor of it, and the produce of his

Still appeared so marvellous, that it was named Aqua-Vitae, or Water of

fe, and has ever since continued under that denomination in France;

Voltaire and reason say that it might, with far more propriety, be

called Aqua-Mortis, or Water of Death.

This liquor, called in English, Brandy, received from the learned the

name of Spirit of Wine; time improved the art of making it still

stronger by concentration, and in that state it is called Alcohol.

All spirit is the distilled result of a wine, either of grapes, other

fruits, or grains; it is therefore necessary to have either wine, or any

vinous liquor, in order to obtain spirits.