Whiskey vs. Whisky - What's The Difference?

Published by Broadslab Distillery

The big rants started when a group of serious Scotch whisky drinkers raised cane about the spelling of “whiskey” to the New York Times a few years ago. Up until then, the paper had spelled all whiskies “whiskey”. Scotch drinkers were adamant that “whisky” was spelled “whisky” and that was the “only” and “right” way to spell it. 

So, following the lead of many specialized spirits magazines, the NY Times altered its spelling of each type of spirit according to their country of origin. American and Irish-produced varieties kept their “whiskey” spelling; while spirits coming from Scotland, Canada and Japan kept their “whisky”

As for the spirits themselves? Well, each country of origin has their own specific manufacturing process as well as government regulations that make them ALL unique apart from one another. So, to sum it all up – and to help you be the smartest whiskey-drinker at your next social gathering —“whiskey” is made in countries with an “e” in it, such as AmErica and IrEland; and “whisky” is made in other countries without an “e” in their names, such as Scotland, Canada and Japan. 

Now go enjoy a glass of REAL “whiskey”… Broadslab’s Legacy Shine or Legacy Reserve. After all, they have “e’s” in their names!


Please enjoy responsibly. 
If you break the seal, don’t get behind the wheel.

Broadslab Distillery produces natural, hand-crafted moonshine, whiskey and rum in Benson, NC. 
The American-made spirits are gluten-free and made without the use of anything artificial. It’s the real deal.