Whisky and whiskey

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  1. Mage

    Mage Commodore Commodore

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    http://www.thekitchn.com/whiskey-vs-whisky-whats-the-di-100476

    In TrekLit, several characters over the years have enjoyed a good drink at times. One of them being 'whiskey'.

    Now, I know that most TrekLit authors are American, and that American whiskeys are usually spelled with an 'e' in it.
    However, the Scots don't. The proper spelling for a Scottish whisky, wether a single malt or a blend, is always whisky. The Irish, however, us the spelling whiskey. Always. I believe it's only the US whiskeys that can differ between with our without the 'e'.

    Is this a really meaningfull post considering TrekLit? No. But, as a man who had (at one point) over 60 different single malts in his collection, it can sometimes bug me slightly when the authors choose to spell a Scottish whisky as whiskey. Hell, in Scotland, no one even calls it scotch.

    It is not my intention to come acros as a smart-ass, but as someone who is a great lover of a well made single malt, perhaps I can incourage the authors of TrekLit to keep a little eye on it.

    Again, not intended in away as an insult to the authors.
     
  2. David Mack

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    As a fan of single-malt who knows the difference between whiskey and whisky, I would take your post more seriously if you cited actual examples of where the terms were misused.
     
  3. Mage

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    Just now, in The Light Fantastic, when there is talk of a Lagavulin and the word whiskey is used. Lagavulin is a Islay malt, one of the finest in my opinion. I have a rather lovely 21 year old that I'm hesitant to finish. ;)
     
  4. David Mack

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    Not my fault, then. Carry on.

    (And I'm more of a Highlands/Speyside fan. I don't much care for the overly smoky/peaty quality of many Islay malts. So you can have your Lagavulin; I'll be over here, enjoying a bottle of The Balvenie.)
     
  5. Mage

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    No, when you use the term whiskey, you make it clear that it's non Scottish. ;)

    I love the Balvenie, very smooth dramming. I've been to the Speyside festival a few years ago, 5 days of touring and nosing and tasting. Visited the likes of Glen Farclas, Glen Fiddich, Thamdu, Tomintoul, Cragganmore (our bed and breakfast was actually right next to that one ;)), to name a few. We visited so many, I forgot half of them by now. :D :D Even visited Aberlour, where you can bottle your own bottle, straight out of the cask. Well, straight... it's been filtered ofcourse, but it was single cask, cask strength.
     
  6. MacLeod

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    This would be known as "Research failure", but Scotland is not the not the only country to use the whisky spelling, sure it might be the more well known example of that spelling.
     
  7. Jeffrey_Lang

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    Well, that would be on me, then. And I do know the difference between whiskey and whisky, so I have no excuse, but bad proofreading on my part. Thank you for pointing it out. I'll speak to my editor about having it corrected in subsequent editions (assuming there are any).

    Jeff (who has been on a bourbon streak lately)
     
  8. Relayer1

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    Sorry to crash your thread with a rather base enquiry Gentlemen, but you've reminded me of something I've been interested in for a little while.

    Does anyone know where I could source a (square) bottle of Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey in the U.K. ? I've been trying with no success !
     
  9. Elias Vaughn

    Elias Vaughn Captain Captain

    So am I the only appletini guy here or what?
     
  10. Jeffrey_Lang

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    You and John Dorian, yes.
     
  11. JWolf

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    But for those of us who have bought the ePub, if there are corrections made, how would we be notified that we can download an updated version?

    Is the only fix to change whiskey to whisky?
     
  12. Mage

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    Jeff, atleast you told TrekLit what Lagavulin is. And for proofreading and such, I wonder sometimes how often this comes down to editors. If they are somehow convinced that it's supposed to be whiskey, would they then alter it and not tell you? Does that happen? Or are they obliged to mention every little thing they change to you?

    As for bourbon.... Ever tried Elijah Craig 12 years old?
     
  13. Mage

    Mage Commodore Commodore

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    I've seen Scrubs often enough, but still not sure what an appletini actually is. Just applejuice and vermouth?
     
  14. Dimesdan

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    Have you tried a little known site known as Google?

    And whether it's spelt ey or just y, I've never found one I've liked the taste of.
     
  15. Lonemagpie

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    I've only ever seen it on Ebay in the UK.

    (and, despite being the only Scot among the writers, I'm pretty much a bourbon guy... Though I do occasionally enjoy a spot of Talisker, or Islay single malts, but really it's my wife who's the Scotch fan...)
     
  16. Elias Vaughn

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    I make mine with apple vodka and sour apple schnapps, but this thread is teaching me that I am a philistine when it comes to alcohol.
     
  17. Relayer1

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    Tried Googling/internetting and Ebay are either empty bottles or over £70 plus postage, import duty and Post Office handling charge for full ones...
     
  18. Dimesdan

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    Ah, instead of you actually finding a bottle, you want it cheaper than what it's being sold for.

    Maybe you should bite the bullet then and get it for seventy quid.
     
  19. Relayer1

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    Well, I've only found the one full bottle so far, and paying over £100 inc. postage is more than I'm willing to risk on a beverage I don't know.

    I'd assume it's actually worth in the region of £20 to £25 (although I'd pay more). We're not exactly looking at a rare single malt.

    I was hoping someone could point me towards a reputable importer...