“Happiness is having a rare steak, a bottle of whisky, and a dog to eat the rare steak.” ~ Johnny Carson
WHAT IS WHISKEY?
An alcoholic liquor distilled from a fermented mash of grains, such as barley, rye, or corn and usually containing from 43 to 50 percent alcohol. There are four basic whiskey types; Bourbon, Scotch, Rye and Irish. Real Men Drink Whiskey has a great article on the differences between these whiskey types.
The word itself derives from the Gaelic "uisge beatha" which translates literally to "water of life," from Old Irish uisce "water" +bethu "life." The Gaelic is probably a derivation of the Medieval Latin "aqua vitae", a generic Roman term for all types of alcoholic beverages.
Yes, there are two spellings for whiskey (whisky), one without the "e" (the Scots) and one without (everyone else).