I honestly have to say…
I never noticed the spelling difference. Now that I have, I must know why!
Both spellings are correct.
Whiskey is how they spell it in the U.S. and Ireland, with exceptions as usual.
Whisky is how they spell it in Scotland and everywhere else.
The difference started because of how the Gaelic dialects are spoken in Scotland and Ireland. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms regulates that Whisky is the proper way to spell it in the US. However, Whiskey is traditional here.
Does the spelling make it taste different? Short answer: Yes.
Depending on where the whiskey/whisky is produced will determine how it tastes. You must take into consideration the location. Whiskey made in America won’t taste like whisky made in Scotland.
American whiskey (bourbon) requires at least 51% of the mash bill to be corn, giving the whiskey sweet flavors like vanilla and butterscotch.
American whiskey (rye) requires at least 51% of the mash bill to be rye, giving this whiskey a spicier flavor and more of a bite.
Irish whiskey has a sweet, malty flavor.
Scottish whisky uses mostly barley, giving it a deep rich flavor.
Japanese whisky has a softer, rounder flavor that is mellow.
Needless to say, I have learned another good lesson on my bourbon journey. What shall I learn about next week? Got any ideas?
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