Whisky is an alcoholic drink distilled from malt. The name has evolved from "uisge beatha" (water of life). There is some debate whether it should be drunk straight or with water (or ice).
Whisky is sold either as single malt or as blended. Single malt whisky comes from only one distillery and is of a uniform age whereas blended whisky is put together from different brands and ages.
When spelled "whisky" it is produced in Scotland or Canada. When spelled "whiskey" it is produced in Ireland or America. For more orthographic considerations, see whiskey.