Top 10 mispronounced Scotch brands pt. 2

6th April, 2016 by Kristiane Sherry


Image: Martyn G Jenkins, Whiskycyclist

Image: Martyn G Jenkins, Whiskycyclist

Pronounced: kappa-DON-ik

Keep the emphasis on the ‘don’ and the ‘ch’ hard and Caperdonich isn’t too tricky to pronounce after all. Once billed “Glen Grant II”, the distillery was built in 1898 but has not fared well. Following a period of closure, the site was reopened in 1965 but because British law prohibited distilleries from sharing the same name it became Caperdonich. The distillery was sold to Seagram in 1977, and then sold again to Pernod Ricard in 2001. One year after purchasing Caperdonich (pictured above in 2004), Pernod Ricard closed the site. In autumn 2010 the distillery was demolished – Caperdonich did not get its fairytale ending.

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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