Sunday I was saying that, if it’s Scotch, it’s whisky. I sent the Public Editor of the NYT an email saying exactly that.
Here’s their reply,
Subject: 8/21 OPE Response Re: Venezuelas Cup Runs Over, and the Scotch Whiskey Flows
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 15:44:54 -0400
Dear Fausta Wertz,
Thanks for writing. I thought you might like to see the paper’s stylebook entry on “whiskey”:
whiskey(s). The general term covers bourbon, rye, Scotch and other liquors distilled from a mash of grain. For consistency, use this spelling even for liquors (typically Scotch) labeled whisky. Also see alcoholic beverages.
Office of the Public Editor
The New York Times
Note: The public editor’s opinions are his own and do not represent those of The New York Times.
Wait until the Scots hear that one.