When it comes to whiskey, arguably the most important question is how to spell it. Will you, or will you not, be able to pass for a connoisseur if you put an e in it? Or would that invite eternal shame and ridicule?
As with any other field which attracts connoisseurs, you're treading dangerous ground, for whichever way a connoisseur's persuasion lies, it is clearly the only sensible one, and heretics who entertain blasphemous fancies will be damned to hell.
Whiskey became more accessible to the general public when King Henry VIII dissolved monasteries in the 16th century. Left to their own devices, monks had found distillation a nifty way of making a living.