Whisky basics

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The 2001 UK census showed only 1.2% of Scotland's population spoke Gaelic. The modern Scottish Gaelic alphabet has 18 letters: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, l, m, n, o, p, r, s, t, u.

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Scottish pronounciation

The names of most scottish whisky distilleries are determined from their location. Many of these are derived from the Gaelic language and a lot of people find them hard to pronounce. Having heard some very funny attempts at some of the distillery names, here is a guide to tackle some Gaelic pronounciation. some are easier than others. Below is a list of some of the trickier ones, with the correct pronounciation in brackets. While it can be confusing, hopefully this will help give you an understanding of the Scottish names.

The distilleries

  • Allt–a–Bhainne (olt–a–vane)
  • Auchentoshan (ocken–toshun)
  • Auchroisk (ar–thrusk)
  • Balvenie (bal–vaynee)
  • Bruichladdich (brook–laddie)
  • Bunnahabhain (boo–na–harvun)
  • Caol Ila (kool–eela)
  • Caperdonich (kappa–doe–nick)
  • Cardhu (kar–doo)
  • Clynelish (kline–leesh)
  • Craigellachie (craig–ella–key)
  • Dailuaine (dal–yewan)
  • Edradour (edra–dower)
  • Glen Garioch (glen–geery)
  • Glenallachie (glen–alla–key)
  • Glenfiddich (glen–fiddick)
  • Glenglassaugh (glen–glassoff)
  • Glenmorangie (glen–morrun–jee)
  • Glenugie (glen–oojee)
  • Lagavulin (laga–voolin)
  • Laphroaig (la–froyg)
  • Ledaig (lay–chuck)
  • Pittyvaich (pitty–vek)
  • Poit Dhubh (posh–doo)
  • Strathisla (strath–eye–la)
  • Tamdhu (tam–doo)
  • Tamnavulin (tamna–voolin)
  • Te Bheag (chay–vek)
  • Teaninich (teen–inik)
  • Tomintoul (tom–in–towel)
  • Tullibardine (tully–bar–dee)