The Whisky vs Whiskey debate….
There is always been much debate weather to include the e or not. The distinct difference between the two is quite simply the spelling reflecting the country of origin. Whisky originates from Scotland and comes from the Gaelic word “Water of life”. Whiskey, on the hand, originates from Ireland and was brought to America by the Irish Immigrants- consequently why America favours the Irish spelling.
It then starts to get confusing to what spelling you use, when it’s not an Irish, Scottish or American Whisky/ey. There is a simple rule of thumb that tends to work when it comes to the spelling of the world’s biggest producers and their products:
Countries that have E’s in their names (UnitEd StatEs and IrEland) tend to spell it whiskEy (plural whiskeys)
Countries without E’s in their names (Canada, Scotland, and Japan) spell it whisky (plural whiskies)
So based on this – us here in NEw ZEaland, are very proud of our WhiskEy Club.