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The Difference Between Whisky and Whiskey

Burning Question: What's the Difference Between Whiskey and Whisky?


Regardless of how you spell it, whiskey and whisky are essentially the same spirit, created from a mash of fermented grains. On an initial glance, the difference between the two words just looks like an personal preference, or at worst a harmless spelling mistake. But the debate surrounding the one-letter difference between whiskey and whisky has a tendency to make die-hard bourbon connoisseurs' blood boil. Keep reading to learn the difference between whiskey and whisky.

It's all fairly straightforward; the difference lies in where the particular spirit was created. Typically, American and Irish folk spell the spirit as "whiskey," whereas Japanese, Canadian, and Scottish producers favor the spelling "whisky," without that extra pesky letter. So here's the deal: chances are people will know what you're talking about with either spelling. However, if you ever find yourself spelling in a dark, crowded Scottish pub, you'd better go with the latter.

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fuzzles fuzzles 4 years
Interesting. Kind of like the letter-play that exists between two of our fiercely rivalrous and famed local establishments--both claiming to be the creator of a certain type of burger. If you are eating a Jucy Lucy, you are at Matt's Bar. If you are blistering your chin just down the road with a Juicy Lucy, you are at the 5-8 Club.
Lizzie-Fuhr Lizzie-Fuhr 4 years
@jennythereader Thanks for catching this! American and Irish folk are the ones who love their "whiskey."
jennythereader jennythereader 4 years
I think you have a typo in this sentence: "Typically, American and Scottish folk spell the spirit as "whiskey," whereas Japanese, Canadian, and Scottish producers favor the spelling "whisky." Should one of those Scottishes have been Irish?
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 4 years
Interesting, I never thought about that!
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