15+ Slang Words For Whiskey (And How To Use Them)

Whiskey is among the most popular liquors in the world, if not the most popular. It is a staple among bars and pubs. Its strong kick and pungent scent are delectable features for the drinking community. Whether you’re a starter or a connoisseur, here are whiskey-related terms you can drink away with. 

Slang Words for Whiskey (in Alphabetical Order)

Angel’s Share

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Among whiskey makers, this is the estimated 2% of whiskey that is lost in the process of making it and from the container used. This is said to evaporate towards heaven.
  • Example: 

Person 1: Come on man. Just order your own shot.

Person 2: Just think of this as the angel’s share dude. 


Booze-Up 

Meaning:

  • (Verb) An Australian slang for drinking liquor together with friends and colleagues. 
  • Example: Hank contacted his college classmates to booze-up this Friday night.

Cooperage

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The art and industry of making barrels that store whiskeys until they are of age.
  • Example: Good cooperage makes good whiskey.

Dram

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A quarter or a little over a quarter pour of whiskey.
  • Example: Drinking a dram won’t hurt. Let it sit for the rest of the night.

Finish

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The aftertaste of a whiskey.
  • Example: This whiskey from Scotland has a sweet finish. I’ll buy more of this when I go back for the conference I'm attending this summer.

Hooch

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A street slang for whiskey.
  • Example: The breakup made him order glass after glass of hooch.

Mickey

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The Canadian way of calling whiskey.
  • Example: Fill these empty glasses with mickey. We’ll be drinking till we drop tonight.

Neat

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) A bar slang pronounced after naming a drink but ordering it without added ice, water, or any mixer.
  • Example: I’ll take a whiskey, neat.

Nosing 

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Smelling a whiskey before tasting it. Whiskey experts can identify and tell the taste of a whiskey just through nosing.
  • Example: Nosing whiskey makes you look like a pro.

Red-Eye

Meaning:

  • (Noun) An American slang term for whiskey dated back to the 17th century.
  • Example: You hid the red-eye in your bag? What if we get caught?

Screech

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A Canadian slang for any high alcohol content but low priced liquor which is usually whiskey.
  • Example: The money Tanner has earned from washing cars will mostly go to buying screech.

Sommelier

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A whisky professional expert in mixing your whiskeys and matching it with the right food pair.
  • Example: The sommelier recommended lamb cuts for our preferred order of whiskey.

Usquebaugh

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The Scottish or Irish term for whiskey.
  • Example: Amelia was in London when she unknowingly told the bartender for a usquebaugh, thinking it sounded fancy. She was disappointed when the latter returned with prime whiskey.

Whiskey Ring

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A 17th century political scandal involving whiskey makers and government officials conspiring to launder federal taxes.
  • Example: Although their company was allegedly involved in the Whiskey Ring, they are still out and about today.

Whiskey Slap

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A drinking game of passing around a single bottle of liquor and having turns in slapping players.
  • Example: The whiskey slap got so intense that they forgot the barbecues they were cooking.

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