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Whiskey, or Whisky?

Sure, it doesn't change the pronounciation, and the words are clearly recognizable. I just never quite know the distinction between the two. Is whiskey a Tennessee thing? If that's the case, then is Whisky the European spelling? I have no idea, actually looking for a bit of insight, so if anyone has a clue as to why the spellings are different feel free to enlighten me.

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I had thought that the spelling with the "e", was from Ireland and that it was more of a Scotland/Ireland thing. 

North Americians and the Irish spell whiskey with the E, while scotland does not spell whisky with an E.  That's all I know on the subject.  I use both spellings depending on the whisk(e)y's origin.