which is where the name for Aquavit (sometimes rendered Okowita in Polish) comes from.
Yes, in old Irish histories which were written in Latin, it's rendered as aqua vitae. First mention is in 1405 of a chieftain who appears to have died after a few too many whiskies :) but it's safe to say that it was being distilled for many centuries before that, the distillation process probably having come via Egypt like our harp and our pipes.
Scotch usually reminds me of what I imagine battery acid tastes like)
Try a drop of Bushmills. Irish whiskey is much smoother than Scotch. I'm not much of a drinker myself but I find Bushmills much nicer than Jamesons, the other famous Irish whiskey. It grieves me to acknowledge that, what with Bushmills being the 'Protestant' whiskey, but like George Washington, I cannot tell a lie ;)
As for Polish drinks, they have some really superb vodkas, but I think miód pitny (dwójniak) is truly delicious and a great Polish product that should be a lot better known around the globe. A little goes a long way though as it's quite sweet.