Top 10 mispronounced Scotch brands pt. 2

6th April, 2016 by Kristiane Sherry


Clynelish WEB

Pronounced: klyne-LEESH

Only two syllables despite that extra ‘e’, Clynelish is a Diageo-owned operation built in 1968 adjacent to the original distillery of the same name. Clynelish 1 was closed before the current distillery was operational, but to add to the pronunciation confusion, the original plant was briefly operational again from 1969 until 1983 to produce a heavily peated whisky to supply for blending – it became known as Brora. A large proportion of Clynelish production goes towards Johnnie Walker, but a 14-year-old single malt is widely available.

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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