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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 ?
Mel want's to name any future Cat Mortlach......
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?
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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.
I also like Springbank, Longrow and Hazelburn, I think they sound classical, something you might read in a Shakespeare novel.
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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!
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.
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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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.'
The most mispronounced name here is Glenfiddich. Everyone wants to end it with the "ch" sounding like in "church"
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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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