The terms “whiskey” and “whisky” are often used to refer to different whiskies available on the market. Both are correct but note that “whiskey” with an “e” is a term that is used for all types of whiskies. However, the word “whisky” is reserved exclusively for whisky with Scottish origins.
Up until the 1870s, Scotch whisky was not considered a premium whisky. It was far from being a quality whisky, for which reason the Americans decided to adopt the term “whiskey” to identify its best quality whisky.
Today, the difference lies in the way it is prepared. In Scotland, malted barley and peat are used, while throughout the rest of the world peat is not used and very few places malt barley. Of course, since the 1870s things have changed greatly and, for some time now, Scotch, Irish and even English whiskies have been ranked among the world’s best in top competitions. It’s important to note that Japanese whiskies are gaining followers and, in 2018, a Japanese whisky was named the winner of the prestigious World Whiskies Awards 2018 as the best Single Malt in the World’s Best Single Malt category. The Conde Lumar whisky has Scottish origins; this whisky was chosen from Conde Lumar’s most premium whiskies for having been carefully distilled in small copper pot stills via a long, costly, discontinuous distillation process. Artisanal aging in American oak barrels and then Spanish oak barrels guarantees a different, top-quality, luxury whisky with unique scents, flavours and notes that make it enjoyable neat or on the rocks.