Is it Whiskey or Whisky?

A room full of barrels and kegs at Spirit Works distillery.
Whiskey or whisky—which is correct? 

We love whiskey.

No, wait.

We love whisky.

So which is it? The seemingly insignificant addition of the letter “e” can be confusing.

Should I spell whisky with an "e"?

In the wider world of spirits, it (mostly) depends on where in the world it came from.

Whisky without the “e” is the term mostly used by brands from Scotland, Canada or Japan (hint: none of these countries have “e” in their names).

Whiskey with the “e” is mostly used by brands from Ireland and the United States (both have “e” in the name).

Of course, there are exceptions.

Here in the US, we’re legally allowed to use either spelling. Confusingly, the federal standards of identity exclusively use “whisky” and the California rules use “whiskey” in all but one instance. Usage of the "e" is a matter of some contention, even spilling over into mainstream media from time to time.

We don’t care how you spell it.

When it comes to naming and labeling our delicious spirits, we defer to the producer (they did all the work, right? they should name it). We’ve got a couple nice American Single Malt whiskey-with-an-”e” bottlings you should try.

Check them out here.