Since the ancient times man has been known to imbibe in alcoholic drinks and distilled spirits. It is no wonder therefore that through the years man has come up with the manufacture and distillation of alcoholic concoctions and other inebriating beverages. The process inevitably included the production of whiskey and the proliferation of whiskey brands all over the world.
Many countries throughout the world make their own version of whiskey. It appears that people of all races from all walks of life have come to appreciate the suave taste of this invigorating drink. The United States boasts of its brands of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Wild Turkey and many more. Ireland has its Bushmills and Jameson brands which are popular in America. Canada offers its quality brands of Seagram VO, Crown Royal and Black Velvet to mention a few.
Japan makes its Suntory and Yoichi among others. Even India has its Amrut brand trying to carve a name for itself in the international market. Scotch whiskey or simply “scotch” is a by-word in any drinking party, be it a grand celebration or a barroom gathering.
It is important to note however that the word “scotch” means that the whiskey is distilled in Scotland. Notable brands of scotch whiskeys are Johnnie Walker, Black & White and Haig.
Awards have been bestowed to honor and give credit to excellence in whiskey-making but what is exciting about whiskey is that every brand is unique and different from the others. To say that one brand is the best or better than the rest is largely a matter of taste or preference and most likely has nothing to do with the quality of the brands.
Whiskey is a rude translation of the ancient name for “spirit of the water” which in Scotland is “uisege beatha” which to the English sounded like “uisigi”. Ultimately, through time and usage it ended up being called whiskey.
One may wonder what the correct spelling of whiskey is. With “e” or without “e” (whisky)? This is nothing to be worried about. Nobody is making a mistake here. The Scottish and Canadian folks spell it whisky while the Americans and Irish do it with an “e.” And for as long as whiskey-lovers enjoy the taste of their favorite whiskey brands the spelling does not matter at all.