Scotch 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Scotland’s Whisky

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At its most basic level, scotch is a specific type of whisky that comes from Scotland with extremely deep history. The etymology comes from the Gaelic word “usquebaugh” meaning “water of life.” And, to put it simply, this article aims to teach you everything you need to know about scotch whisky.


 

Whiskey vs. Whisky?

Scottish, Japanese, and Canadian producers of scotch spell whisky without an “e” (whisky) while American and Irish producers spell whiskey with an “e” (whiskey). Since we’re talking about scotch, which comes from Scotland, it is spelled whisky (Scotch whisky).