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Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby jmrl » Fri Sep 04, 2009 8:11 am

Is there a name for a distillery/brand you find particularly appealing?

I think Mortlach wins for me. Theres no messing, its a serious sound. Almost like a beast from middle earth.

I've heard it means, 'bowl of the dead ducks', which isn't so impressive but also 'big beautiful one'. If it was the latter I'm sure the marketing department would be very happy. If they marketed Mortlach.
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Drammed » Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:45 pm

Ardbeg!

As it leaves me ARDently BEGging for my tastebuds back!

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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:36 pm

jmrl wrote: I've heard it means, 'bowl of the dead ducks', which isn't so impressive but also 'big beautiful one'. If it was the latter I'm sure the marketing department would be very happy. If they marketed Mortlach.


Thought it meant "Drunk in vast quantities by Williejj" Mark ? :lol:

Mel want's to name any future Cat Mortlach......
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Ganga » Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:21 pm

Oh, I do like both Mortlach the sinister sorcerer whisky, Ardbeg the pirate whisky, Brora the Lion-hearted. :P
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby jazz lover » Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:33 pm

Longmorn
sounds painful, especially after
drinking Loch Dhu.
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Pure Pot Head » Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:30 pm

I was standing in an airport recently looking at a display of Sctotish Singel Malts and they all had these magnificent big throaty gaelic titles. Like somethng out of middle earth as one put it so well! I was imagining the list of these great names read aloud with a heavy 'peaty' Scottish accent to the sound of wind and bagpipes :D each vowel rolled and stretched to infinity.

As you look around at all the whiskey names I think it's fair to say that there seem to be three main categories, those named after the original makers like Jack Daniels, Jameson or Powers, the shop blenders like Walkers, or the places of origin like The Glenlivet.

Does it make a difference I wonder? A name or a place? Is one type more evocative than the other? Does one approach suggest things about the whiskey in the botttle that the others don't?

Just musing.

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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:02 am

Well, typically, the place names are single malts, and the people names are blends. Of course, some of the independents are getting creative, like Compass box's Asyla, Oak Cross, and such. And of course, there's Sheep Dip, Pig's Snout, and so on.

Don't really have a favorite, but anything's better than the cartoony "Rich Spicy One" or "Fat Stupid One" or whatever it was that JMR named their Whisky for Dummies.
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby jmrl » Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:11 am

I think it was Pig's Ear
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby lockejn » Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:20 am

Glenfarclas, Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain, and Talisker have always been appealing names to me. Also Knob Creek for bourbons and just about any of the fun Irish names - Knoppague Castle, Clontarf, Tullamore Dew, etc.
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby borgom » Sat Sep 05, 2009 5:13 am

I also like Bunnahabhain. Not sure about Mortlach, it sounds like a Harry Potter baddie to me.
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby dramtastic » Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:55 am

Mars(Japanese). Though this does give an explaination as to why there is no life on the planet of the same name. They drank this shite and died.

I also like Springbank, Longrow and Hazelburn, I think they sound classical, something you might read in a Shakespeare novel.
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Wub » Sat Sep 05, 2009 7:22 am

I like Caol Ila. With a bit of practice it begins to roll off the tongue. The pronunciation I prefer is the one here given here:
http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/home/jhb/whisky/pronounc.html
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Reggaeblues » Sat Sep 05, 2009 12:31 pm

So many are evocative - where does one start?

With Lagavulin, I guess! That's where I started , so the name is synonymous with mystery, allure, elegance and dignity...

Talisker must be a close second. Thing is, by now, the names automatically conjure up their own magic - Longmorn, Ardbeg, Laphroaig(with its rugged, plain label)Macallan, Bladnoch, Rosebank...

then there's the stupid ones as referred to by Mr. T...and the snigger snigger locker room names like Knob Creek, and Black Cock...but they're hardly favourites!
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby lockejn » Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:55 pm

Reggaeblues wrote:...and the snigger snigger locker room names like Knob Creek, and Black Cock...but they're hardly favourites!

Black Bush. Redbreast. Tee hee.

But my appreciation for Knob Creek is purely innocent. It evokes an image of grand pappy's illegal still deep in the woods of Kentucky. Makes me thirst for a tasty bourbon.
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Pure Pot Head » Sat Sep 05, 2009 7:58 pm

Black Bush. Redbreast.


Sometimes referred to by their respective nicknames in these parts, Shirley Bassey, NIcole Kidman amongst the numerous variations!

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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Aidan » Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:05 pm

I've heard Redbreast called Diddy Dearg over here.

I like Tullamore Dew, with the DEW standing for D E Williams. Paddy is a good one too, because it was named after a salesman, Paddy Flaherty.
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Pure Pot Head » Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:19 pm

Paddy is a good one too, because it was named after a salesman




I think his name might actually have been Paddy O'Flaherty but there was an issue with usage rights with his widow and they were forced to drop the 'O.'

In spite of his high achievement selling Cork Distillleries Irish Whiskey whic would be renamed after him, he seemed to end up in a bit of trouble quite regularly with his employers according to records for various misdemeanours. I suppose the rebel county and all that.

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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Pure Pot Head » Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:24 pm

My vote for the most mispronounced name is Jameson. In the UK everyone seems to insist on calling it Jaymeshon's with an 's.' :lol:

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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Wave » Sun Sep 06, 2009 2:24 am

I've always love the name Bunnahabhain, it just flows!
For a blend, Big T ....my real nickname :mrgreen:


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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Wave » Sun Sep 06, 2009 2:31 am

Pure Pot Head wrote:My vote for the most mispronounced name is Jameson. In the UK everyone seems to insist on calling it Jaymeshon's with an 's.' :lol:


The most mispronounced name here is Glenfiddich. Everyone wants to end it with the "ch" sounding like in "church" :lol:


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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:12 am

Oh, the most mispronounced by far is Glenmorangie. I've even heard Glenmorangie reps say it wrong. For the record, Glen MOR an gie, not Glen mor AN gie.
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby les taylor » Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:45 am

We liked the name Talisker so much that we named our cat after it.

One our two others. Ben Nevis, Penderyn.
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Reggaeblues » Sun Sep 06, 2009 5:46 pm

so what did you name the wallabee?
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Ganga » Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:06 am

MrTattieHeid wrote:Oh, the most mispronounced by far is Glenmorangie. I've even heard Glenmorangie reps say it wrong. For the record, Glen MOR an gie, not Glen mor AN gie.

T, they don't even have a consistent pronunciation within the company. It was different at Glenmo, Glen Moray and Ardbeg.
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Aidan » Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:17 am

I'd say Glen Garioch isn't pronnounced correctly by many, but it's probably not said by too many either.
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby jmrl » Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:01 am

Agreed I hear Glen-gary-och, rather than Glengeerie.

And O-ban said slowly rather than Obin said quickly.

Then theres Ardberg.
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Ganga » Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:04 pm

jmrl wrote:Agreed I hear Glen-gary-och, rather than Glengeerie.

And O-ban said slowly rather than Obin said quickly.

Then theres Ardberg.


Oh, so the Titanic got drunk and sank. :mrgreen:
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby MoreDalmore » Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:46 pm

I like Auchentoshan 8) and ..... Dalmore 8) because you can use it so effectively in a username :P
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby jmrl » Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:46 pm

Glengarioch is more likely to be pronounced correctly by locals to the North East. Like Milgavnie (pronounced Mull guy) in the south west.

I also like Wasmund's Rappahannock. For the way it rolls off the tongue rather than the way it tastes on the tongue. The Japanese whiskies have a similar appeal for their wacky sounds and spelling. Yamazaki sounds like a hyprid Yamaha and Kawasaki, very fast anyway. Hakusha like a sneeze and Yoishi like a Hamster.
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Re: Favourite whisk(e)y name

Postby Le Jock Sportif » Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:12 am

Collector57 wrote:
jmrl wrote:Agreed I hear Glen-gary-och, rather than Glengeerie.

And O-ban said slowly rather than Obin said quickly.

Then theres Ardberg.

A friend of mine from Old Meldrum says that the locals pronounce it Geery, but nobody else in Scotland does - don't know how true that is?


The truth is actually somewhere in between the two if you are conversing in Scottish Gaelic.
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