- Jul 4, 2010
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Within the broad category of whisky/ey are many sub-categories, including bourbon, rye, Tennessee, Scotch, Irish, and Canadian style whiskies. The manufacture of each of these types of whisky/ey is guided and regulated by the government of the spirit's country of origin. As a result, Canadian whisky, for example, is a whole different animal from Scotch whisky, Irish whiskey, and American-style whiskeys such as Tennessee, bourbon, and straight rye.
Okay, so far, so good. Maybe at this point, youd be happy to enjoy a glass of the stuff no matter how its spelled.
American and Irish liquor producers tend to favor the spelling WhiskEy, while Canadian, Scottish, and Japanese producers tend to favour (or should I say, favor) Whisky.
Heres a quick way to remember how some of the worlds biggest producers spell their products:
Countries that have E's in their names (UnitEd StatEs and IrEland) tend to spell it whiskEy.
Countries without Es in their names (Canada, Scotland, and Japan) spell it whisky.
And one other thing: The plural of WhiskEy is Whiskeys while the plural of Whisky is Whiskies.
Whew! Time for a drink.
Never knew that.