Do You Know There Is A Difference Between Whisky And Whiskey?

Have you ever noticed that there are two different spellings of whisky (whiskey)? For most of us, Whisky and Whiskey is just one thing. We don’t bother with the spelling and just order the usual. If there is a fancy occasion, then we choose our favourite Jack Daniels. But actually, there is some difference in between these two.


Whisky, of course, is a type of spirit distilled from a mash of fermented grains. Whisky, without the ‘e’, is the normal spelling of the word in Great Britain, Canada, and Japan.

Depending on the geographical region or type of whiskey that is being made, whiskey can be made from barley, rye, wheat, and corn. Whiskeys come in many forms, and we’re here to help you distinguish between the three main types (bourbon, scotch and rye)


Experts of scotch and other ‘whiskies’ claim that the distinctions between ‘whiskey’ and ‘whisky’ are much deeper than just the spelling. They claim both the drinks differ in taste, aroma as well as other factors. There are various different types of whiskey and they differ in terms of base product, alcoholic content and quality. The main two types include malt whisky and grain whisky.

Scotch Whisky Vs Bourbon Whiskey


Scotch is whisky made in Scotland, while bourbon is whiskey made in the U.S.A, generally Kentucky. Scotch is made mostly from malted barley, while bourbon is distilled from corn. If you’re in England and ask for a whisky, you’ll get Scotch. But in Ireland, you’ll get Irish whiskey.

Technically, Scotch is whisky made from mostly malted barley and aged in oak barrels for three years or more. Some Scotch tastes a lot like bourbon, but with a signature smokiness that lingers at the tail-end of a tasting. For this reason, some people avoid it, but for others, the acquired taste only makes the experience better.


The difference between Jack Daniel’s and Bourbon is that after the spirit is distilled, Tennessee Whiskey is filtered through sugar-maple charcoal. This filtering, known as the Lincoln County Process, is what distinguishes Tennessee Whiskey from your average Bourbon, like Jim Beam. The name, Bourbon, comes from an area known as Old Bourbon, around what is now Bourbon County, Kentucky.


American Whiskies are distilled twice and Irish whiskey is distilled three times. Distilling three times produces a lighter and smoother spirit. Also, the size and shape of the stills used in the distillation process are different.

In Scotland, It is common to use peat to dry the malted barley. The type of peat used and the length of the time the barley is smoked influences the flavour of the spirit. In Ireland and America, they use wood or other fuels and hence the whiskeys are less smokey and lighter.


So now that you know the difference, try to experiment with the different whiskeys and see the change in the flavour.

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Hema Sanghavi

A crazy Bibliophile who is an ambivert. Harry Potter fanatic, and a foodie. Usually ends up reading fan-fiction and dreams of writing one!

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