There’s more than a spelling difference between whiskey and whisky, and it’s really easy to remember AP/Matthew Mead
This March 9, 2015 shows bottles of rye whisky in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Is it whiskey or whisky? The answer is both, sort of.

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If you like semantics like we like semantics, there’s a reason why whisky is spelled one way in some places and on some bottles and spelled whiskey in other places and on other bottles.

When there’s an “E” in your whiskey, you’ve got something from America or Ireland. When’s there’s no “E” in your whisky, you’ve got something from Scotland, Canada or Japan. So it’s all about location, location, location.

The spelling difference can be distilled down to convention, but if you there’s some reason you don’t know where a bottle of the good stuff is from you can at least narrow your options with ease.

Thanks to The Kitchn for the tip.




“Sine metu” means “without fear,” by the way.




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In honor of International Whisk(e)y Day, which is apparently today, let’s raise a glass to clarity.

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