To “E” Or Not To “E”…

To “E” Or Not To “E”…

The spelling of the word whiskey is somehow an argument… I’ve been asked this question many times, “What is the correct spelling of whiskey?” There is no correct spelling. It is the norm in the United States and Ireland to spell it whiskey. (As an American, I tend to write “whiskey”.) Other countries (Scotland, Canada, Japan, etc…) tend to favor (or is it favour?) the whisky spelling. Makers Mark, Old Forester, and George Dickel (all American whiskeys) spell their brands without the “e”. Maybe by the time we all get around to accepting the metric system, we can all finally accept one spelling for our favorite brown liquor:) There are no hard and fast rules and it is NOT the law to spell it one way or another....

Old Forester-The First Bourbon Bottled in the U.S.

Did you know that Old Forester was the first bourbon exclusively sold in bottles? In 1874, salesman-turned-distiller George Garvin Brown, in Marion County, Kentucky, first bottled his own “Old Forester” Straight Bourbon Whisky (this brand has no “e” for whatever reason) in labeled and sealed bottles (seems a bit late to get around to this seeing as industrial bottle production started around 1815). Whiskey had moved from the barrel to the bottle! The idea swept the industry because it created trust between the salesperson and the consumer. Think about it- there’s no tampering with a sealed bottle! Before the 1870’s most whiskey was sold in barrels and glazed jugs. In glass bottles, you can see the finished products’...