How you spell whisky can be as controversial as adding crushed ice to your favorite dram. As one friend recently cried across the bar to another, “Ay! What’s with all the ice, mate?! It’s not a margarita!”
Needless to say, “Why do you spell whisky without an e?” comes up fairly frequently here at Whisky Stones HQ.
Rest assured, the spelling of both whisky and whiskey are correct. The distinction depends on where the product is made.
While whisky is used for products made in Scotland, Wales, Canada or Japan, whiskey is traditionally used for products made in either Ireland or America.
However, according to a decree made by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms in 1968, the official spelling for American-made whiskey is whisky.
As we all know, American’s are rebellious. Mavericks, even. So much so that some US distilleries continue to include an ‘e’ in their whisky as a nod to their more traditional roots.
Certainly, the debate about whether to include or exclude the ‘e’ in whisky will continue, as a post on the topic in the New York Times demonstrates.
The burning question from our perspective isn’t how you spell whisky, it’s how you drink it.
On the rocks, we hope, quite literally.