The Gaelic "uisce beatha" meaning "Water of Life" phonetically became "usky" and then "whisky" in English. However it is known, Scotch Whisky, Scotch or Whisky (as opposed to the Irish whiskey), it has captivated a global market.
The difference lies in where the particular spirit was created. Typically, American and Irish folk spell the spirit as "whiskey," whereas Japanese, Canadian, and Scottish producers use the spelling "whisky".
Here’s a quick way to remember how some of the world’s biggest producers spell their products:
- Countries that have E’s in their names (UnitEd StatEs and IrEland) tend to spell it whiskEy
- Countries without E’s in their names (Canada, Scotland, and Japan) spell it whisky