Plural of whiskey
The Quick AnswerThe plural of whiskey is whiskeys.
The plural of whisky is whiskies.
The Plural of WhiskeyBefore learning about the plural of whiskey, it is worth learning about the difference between whiskey and whisky. In Scotland, they make Scotch whisky, but in Ireland, they make Irish whiskey.
The plural of whiskey is whiskeys.
- Most Irish whiskeys are distilled from barley that’s dried in kilns.
- Most Scotch whiskies are made from barley that’s dried over peat smoke.
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The Standard Rules for Forming the PluralsThe table below shows the standard rules for forming the plurals of nouns in English.
|Type||Example of Type||Forming the Plural||Plural|
|Most Nouns|| lamp
|add s|| lamps
|Noun Ending s, sh, ch, x or z|| bus
|add es|| buses
|Nouns ending [consonant] o|| hero
|add either s or es
(There are no rules for this - you have to know.)
|Nouns ending [vowel] o|| patio
|add s|| patios
|Nouns ending [consonant] y|| whisky
|change the y to an i and add es|| whiskies
|Nouns ending [vowel] y|| whiskey
|add s|| whiskeys
|Nouns ending f or fe|| dwarf
|ves and/or s
(There are no rules - you have to know.)
hooves or hoofs
|some nouns undergo a vowel or letters change||
|More exceptions|| salmon
|some nouns do not change at all|| salmon
Why Is There Confusion over the Plural of whiskey?Whiskeys is the only way to make the noun whiskey plural and whiskies is the only way to make the noun whisky plural.
Confusion arises because some people don't realise there is a difference between Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey.
Some mistakenly believe all nouns ending in "y" should form a plural ending in "ies". When a noun ends with [vowel] + y, you only need to add an "s" to form the plural.