Top 10 mispronounced Scotch brands pt. 2

6th April, 2016 by Kristiane Sherry


Image:Christopher Gillan

Image:Christopher Gillan

Pronounced pitty-VEK

A comparatively transitory distillery, Pittyviach’s name, as well as its whisky, is well worth getting your tongue around. The ‘viach’ sound is in face a short, sharp ‘vek’ –  much like the history of the distillery itself. Diageo-owned today, the site was first developed in 1975 but was only operational for 18 years. Pittyviach was demolished in 1995; the bonded warehouses pictured above are all that remain. Watch out for the occasional independent bottling, or Diageo Special Release expression.

One Response to “Top 10 mispronounced Scotch brands pt. 2”

  1. John says:

    It is pronounced “ault a vanya”. In gaelic “bainne” (‘banya’) Is milk. “A’ bhainne” is the genitive form meaning ‘of the milk’. The ‘e’ at the end of the word has to be pronounced. Bear in mind that there are few gaelic speakers now in moray so it’s likely to be mispronounced. Name is taken from the adjacent burn.

    Oidhche mhath, john

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