Plural of whiskey

by Craig Shrives

The Quick Answer

The plural of whiskey is whiskeys.
The plural of whisky is whiskies.

The Plural of Whiskey

Before 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 thatís dried in kilns. correct tick
The plural of whisky is whiskies.
  • Most Scotch whiskies are made from barley thatís dried over peat smoke. correct tick
The nouns whiskey and whisky adhere to the standard rules for forming the plurals of nouns in English (shown in the table below).

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The Standard Rules for Forming the Plurals

The 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
Exceptions man
some nouns undergo a vowel or letters change men
More exceptions salmon
some nouns do not change at all salmon
Read more about English spelling rules.

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.

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See Also

Unusual pluralsPlural forming table Quirks with forming plurals Forming the plurals of abbreviations Forming the plurals of compound nouns