Angela bought me an 18-year-old scotch as a holiday gift. It’s treasured. Trouble is, I wasn’t sure how to pronounce its name, Aberlour. The problem was immortalized in verse (sort of ) by a reader of Whisky Magazine’s forum:
“It could be like: I’ll have another pour/of that bottle of Aberlour
We’ve been dramming for just an hour/and we already have an empty bottle of Aberlour.”
Poetry, it ain’t; way too many words, and poor rhythmic cadence. If this guy were a rapper, you’d say that his flow wasn’t tight. But the larger point is this: Scotch names are a bitch to pronounce. And Aberlour is far from the hardest; try some of my prior experiments in scotchdom. Caol Ila? Bruichladdich? You got me.
Fortunately, somebody’s done something about it. John Butler’s unassuming website has audio clips of the names of over 100 scotches, each pronounced by an actual Scotsman! All together now:
Enjoy. And from now on, say it with confidence:
“I’ve nae the power/to resist my Aberlour.”