It has happened to me more than once that people asked me if I knew why different kinds of whiskey from different origins have different spellings/names. Having been a bartender for a couple of years, and a linguist on top of that, it would safe to assume that I would know. But actually, I simply didn’t.
Luckily, now I do, and I’m going to share my newfound knowledge with you in this post.
What is Whisk(e)y?
To put it (relatively) simply, whiskey is a type of distilled beverage that is made from fermented grain mash. Some of the grains used to distill whiskey may be malted, which is reflected in the name of the whiskey (single malt, mixed malt, etc.). Different grains are used to distill different kinds of whiskey, and include, but aren’t limited to, barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Finally, whiskey is usually aged in wooden casks made of charred white…
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