Plural of whiskey

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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 that’s dried in kilns.
The plural of whisky is whiskies.
  • Most Scotch whiskies are made from barley that’s dried over peat smoke.
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
scythe
add s lamps
scythes
Noun Ending s, sh, ch, x or z bus
dress
add es buses
dresses
Nouns ending [consonant] o hero
zero
tomato
add either s or es
(There are no rules for this - you have to know.)
heroes
zeros
tomatoes
Nouns ending [vowel] o patio
ratio
add s patios
ratios
Nouns ending [consonant] y whisky
penny
change the y to an i and add es whiskies
pennies
Nouns ending [vowel] y whiskey
chimney
add s whiskeys
chimneys
Nouns ending f or fe dwarf
hoof
ves and/or s
(There are no rules - you have to know.)
dwarfs
hooves or hoofs
Exceptions man
louse
some nouns undergo a vowel or letters change men
lice
More exceptions salmon
sheep
some nouns do not change at all salmon
sheep

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