While we’re on the subject of whiskey, let’s mention the spelling. Whiskey, with an E, is the spelling used for American and Irish liquors; whisky, without the E, is used in Scotland, Japan, and Canada. Japanese whisky is heavily influenced by and similar to Scotch whisky. Canada has a much greater Scottish population, while the United States has a heavily Irish influence. But otherwise, the spelling doesn’t necessarily tell you anything about the alcohol itself, which doesn’t mean you won’t provoke anger if you use the wrong one.