Whiskey or whisky? The spelling “whisky” is generally utilized for those distilled in Scotland and Canada, while” whiskey” (with an 'e') is used for liquor distilled in the United States and Ireland. Whiskey is a spirit that is popular among drink aficionados for its complex flavor. Distilled from a fermented grain mash and typically aged in wooden barrels, there is wide variation between different varieties of whiskey. Although whiskey is produced all over the world, the four countries mentioned above do historically stand out for their distinctive creations.

Scotch whisky has a rich smoky flavor that distinguishes it from other varieties. This smoky taste is actually a result of the unique process used for drying the malt, a portion of which occurs over a fire where peat smoke comes in direct contact.

Canadian whisky is a popular choice for the classic whiskey cocktails, as it is light-bodied compared to other varieties. It is distilled from a mash that is primarily corn or wheat and aged for a minimum of three years.

There are four main types of whiskey produced in the United States. The most popular of these is bourbon, which some experts consider to be one of the most mixable spirits along with rum and vodka. Other varieties include Tennessee whiskey, rye whiskey, and American blended whiskey.

Irish whiskey is one of the oldest varieties of this spirit, and is experiencing a resurgence after a decline in popularity over the last century. All Irish whiskey is currently produced at one of the three remaining distilleries: Bushmills, Midleton, and Cooley.