Whisky or whiskey?
Whisky or whiskey?

hether it is whisky or whiskey has been the basis of many arguments over many years. The Scots spell it whisky and the Irish spell it whiskey, with an extra 'e'. This difference in the spelling comes from the translations of the word from the Scottish and Irish Gaelic forms. Whiskey with the extra 'e' is also used when referring to American whiskies. This 'e' was taken to the United States by the Irish immigrants in the 1700s and has been used ever since. Scotland, Ireland and America all have a rich heritage in the whisky industry. So what are the differences between the whiskies from these three nations?

The distillation process

It is here that one of the main differences occurs. generally, Scottish and American whiskies are distilled twice and Irish whiskey is distilled three times (there are exceptions to the rule, in all cases). Distilling three times produces a lighter and smoother spirit.

Some common names

American whiskey with a proportion of maize Superior to 51 %..

CA proportion of rye Superior to  51 %

Pure malt
It is a mix of malt coming from several distilleries to produce the same taste.

Single malt
Coming from only one distillery. Launched by Glenfiddich in the 1960's.


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