To E Or Not To E -- Spelling Whisky/Whiskey
Whisky or whiskey? Which spelling is correct? Both. In honor of International Whisk(e)y Day, I figured I would clear up this issue. Spelling the word is a matter of geography. It generally corresponds to where one distills the spirit. Thanks to Jeff Cioletti and his wonderful book The Year of Drinking Adventurously for this concise summary:
Whisky -- Scotland, Japan, Canada
Whiskey -- United States of America, Ireland
Let's move from spelling to etymology (a fancy term for a word's origin). What does whisk(e)y mean? It comes from an Irish Gaelic or Scottish word that means "water of life."
Celebrate International Whisk(e)y Day by incorporating the spirit into a cocktail, whether it's a classic such as a Manhattan or Whiskey Sour, an underrated drink such as a Derby or Fireside Chat, or an original creation such as a Cancer Killer #1 or Whiskey Queen. Cheers!