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The Difference Between Whisky And Whiskey

When I started drinking liquor I was told by the supposed old hands of the whiskey world that the only difference between whisky and whiskey was the letter "E", but the truth runs much deeper.

The spelling actually reveals where the liquor was made- if it's spelled with an "E" then it was made in Ireland or the U.S., if it's spelled without an "E" then it was made in Canada, Japan or Scotland.

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So if country of origin is important to you then check the spelling, but if you're just trying to bend your elbow with a bit of brown then forget about the spelling and drink up, because it's all good!

-Via Tasting Table


My Nana grew up on Islay - one of the islands off the west coast of Scotland. I believe when she lived there before moving to America - 1888-1917 - that there were 12 whisky distilleries on the island. I have no idea how many are there now but it was the number one source of income on the island at the time. If you ever go to Scotland I would suggest going down the Whisky Trail on the Eastern mainland. Blair Athol (Otter River) is a distillery I visited and it was remarkable.
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