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Rumor from my Irish barber: the difference between the spelling of whisky or whiskey correlates almost perfectly with whether the country of origin has an “e” in its name. (For purposes of this game, Scotland is considered a country.)
I’m not convinced and want to hear from the Farm! Yes, Japan spells it without an “e”. The sole major outlier in the USA we found was Maker’s Mark Whisky, trying for a more effete look.
Although the usage divide (whisky: Scotch, Canadian / whiskey: Irish, American) is pretty much settled today, it wasn't always the case, certainly not until the early 20th Century.
If you do image searches for vintage brand labels and signs, you'll find that while Scotch (with rare exceptions) was always spelled whisky, the Irish stuff was routinely spelled both ways. Also American whiskey was sometimes spelled whisky.
It's no rumor, or rumour as he might say. Your barber is correct.
Most American whiskeys come from one major distributor. Look for distilled, aged, and bottled; all three. Otherwise, they bought the mash and maybe after it was aged. I think Elijah Craig is good bourbon, personally. Even if it is cheap.
Jameson is so smooth it's a recipe for disaster. Good stuff.
I've read that Japan makes whiskey as good as anywhere in the western world, but I've never tried it.
Many years ago a friend of Irish lineage introduced me to Jameson's. It is, indeed, the finest of all. He also insisted that my lips should never touch Bushmill's. I understand that this is very political but to this day I'm still hazy as to which side I'm supporting.
Longtime reader, first time commenter. Work in a liquor store here in North Carolina as one of my jobs, and had noticed the same thing. The "is-there-an-E-in-the-country's-name" rule seems to be a pretty good rule of thumb, and is used by all of us slanging' the product when filling out requisitions, etc., at least down here. My two cents.
England, Ireland (i.e., the whole island), Scotland and even Wales are all countries, even though they do not exist as sovereign states.
Wales was originally incorporated into the Kingdom of England as a subordinate principality. England (including Wales), Scotland and Ireland were the three kingdoms of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. After the Irish Free State was established in 1922, the UK became the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
(So Ireland is a historical "country" divided between the Republic and the UK.)
I have heard all the theories and in my humble opinion only the water of life made in Scotland should be spelled whisky. Everything else is whiskey.
and Lagavulin is my tipple of choice, with any other western isle coming in as a substitute.