Is it ‘whisky’ or ‘whiskey?’

People are constantly questioning the difference between ‘whisky’ and ‘whiskey.’ Is there an actual difference in the product? Is it just a spelling preference? Well, the difference is pretty simple, but important (if you’re in Scotland), so let me explain:

Both versions of the word come from Celtic roots, but the spelling difference has to do with the type of drink.

‘Whisky’ typically refers to Scotch whisky and Scotch-inspired liquors. Make sure to use this properly if you go to Scotland, otherwise you’ll be clearly labeling yourself as a tourist.

‘Whiskey’ is usually used to denote the American and Irish liquors.

We’ll get into the difference between the liquors themselves later, but the reason for the two spellings essentially comes down to where the liquor is made.

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