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Whiskey, also known as whisky, is as much a broad categorization of spirits as it is a spirit type. If you aren’t a whiskey enthusiast, you might be wondering what the difference is between whiskey and whisky, or what the deal is with whiskey versus bourbon or scotch. One determinant between whiskey and whisky is where it's produced. Whiskey from Ireland and the United States is usually spelled with an “e.” Whisky from Scotland, Canada, Japan and elsewhere is spelled without an “e.” So regional grammar is why you’ll see Scotch whisky but Irish whiskey on the shelves. Most whiskey distillers use the plural form whiskeys to hint that they are referring to whiskey; whereas whisky is usually pluralized as whiskies. The difference between types of whiskies like bourbon, rye or scotch is a bit more complex. Along with country of origin, the type of whiskey or whisky is also determined by the grain used in the distillation process. Different grains produce different taste characteristics. Couple that with varying distillation methods by region and producer, and you get a wide range of flavors from sweet to spicy and from smooth to bold and smokey. Explore more about the types of whiskey below:

A Whisky Lover’s Guide to Scotland’s Most Underrated Region

When sizing up the major whisky-producing regions of Scotland, you’d be forgiven for overlooking Campbeltown. After all, it counts just three active distilleries within its boundaries: Glengyle, Glen Scotia and Springbank. Yet if you tally yourself as a scotch lover, dismissing the area and its historical significance is inexcusable. During its Victorian Era heyday, this […]

Why Do Companies Trademark Cocktails? The Truth Behind the Copyrights.

When you ask for a Jack & Coke, it’s pretty clear what the bartender is going to slide across the bartop. But it gets a tad murkier when your order is a Manhattan, Old Fashioned or Vodka Martini. Let’s face it: A G&T made with London dry gin and tonic dispensed from a gun tastes […]

How to Pair Whisky with Your Sushi

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You’re Storing Your Whiskey All Wrong:
7 Tips for Protecting Your Prized Bottles

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