Is it “whisky” or “whiskey?”
Whether it’s whisky or whiskey has been the basis of many arguments over the years. The Scots spell it whisky and the Irish spell it whiskey, with an ‘e’. This difference in the spelling comes from the translations of the word from the Scottish and Irish Gaelic forms. Whiskey with the ‘e’ is also used when referring to American whiskies. This ‘e’ was taken to the United States by the Irish immigrants in the 1700’s and has been used ever since. Scotland, Ireland and America all have a rich heritage in the whisky industry.
Here’s a quick way to remember how some of the world’s biggest producers spell their products:
- Countries that have E’s in their names (UnitEd StatEs and IrEland) tend to spell it whiskEy (plural whiskeys)
- Countries without E’s in their names (Canada, Scotland, and Japan) spell it whisky (plural whiskies)
Thanks for the history lesson. That made me thirsty. Now it’s time for a drink!
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