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Whiskey vs Whisky Explained

Here we explain the difference between whiskey and whisky (or their similarities)

Questions You May Be Considering

  • Why is one spelled whiskey and another spelled whisky?
  • What is the difference between whiskey vs whisky?
  • Are whiskey and whisky different things?
  • Why can’t people just spell things the same way and make life simple?

Whiskey vs Whisky

This is one of the first questions I googled when I started consuming whiskey and collecting bottles. I felt like an idiot that I wasn’t versed in the nuisances of whiskey and needed to seek the answer before looking silly in front of my friends. The answer is incredibly simple and easy to remember.

The difference in spelling is attributed to the country that distills the whisky and the residents that consume it. A drink that is distilled in Canada, Japan, or Scotland is spelled whisky (without the e), while a drink made in the United States or Ireland is spelled whiskey (with the e). The Drinking with Degenerates site consistently uses the term whiskey for convenience and our country of residence – United States.

Degenerate Discussion

Let’s admit it; we all knew the United States would be an exception with how we approach whiskey terminology. This site could have been named Drinking with Americans and the meaning would remain unchanged. We landed on Drinking with Degenerates because it had a better ring with the alliteration. The United States is more stubborn than Tom Cruise when you ask him about his sexuality, scientology, or anything else. The fact that the U.S. refuses to implement the metric system, which is used by the majority of the world due to its convenient decimal measuring, is enough to make you know we’re spelling our whiskey however the hell we want. It’s dope to see Ireland join the party with us as it makes you feel confident spelling whiskey with an e since some of the best whiskeys are distilled in the U.S. and Ireland…if only we could convince Scotland.

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