Is It Whisky or Whiskey?

Is It Whisky or Whiskey?

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So which is it Whisky or Whiskey? Both are type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from a  fermented grain mash. Various grains are  often used for different varieties, which including barley, corn (maize), rye, and wheat. They are both typically aged in wooden casks or barrels, typically constructed of charred white oak.


Whisky or whiskey is a strictly regulated spirit worldwide with many classes and types. The typical unifying characteristics of the various classes and types are the fermentation of grains, distillation, and the aging time in wooden barrels.

Much is made of the word's two spellings: whisky and whiskey. There are two basic schools of thought on the subject. One is the difference is simply a matter of regional linguistics spelling of a word, indicating that the spelling differs depending on the intended audience or the background or personal preferences of the user, and the other is that the spelling could depend on the style or origin of the spirit being described. There is general agreement that when quoting the proper name printed on a label, the spelling on the label should not be altered. Some writers refer to "whisk(e)y" or "whisky/whiskey" to acknowledge the variation.

The spelling whiskey is common in Ireland and the United States while whisky is used in all other whisky producing countries. In the US, the usage has not always been consistent. From the late eighteenth century to the mid twentieth century, American writers used both spellings interchangeably until the introduction of newspaper style guides. Since the 1960s, American writers have increasingly used whiskey as the accepted spelling for aged grain spirits made in the US and whisky for aged grain spirits made outside the US. However, some prominent American brands, such as George Dickel, Maker's Mark, and Old Forester (all made by different companies), use the 'whisky' spelling on their labels, and the Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits, the legal regulations for spirit in the US, also use the 'whisky' spelling throughout. So wither you use the 'e' or not, enjoy you Whisky or Whiskey or what every you want to call it.

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