Allt-A-Bhainne

Allt-A-Bhaine is a rather young Malt whisky distillery near Dufftown in the Speyside region. It was built to supply the Blended Whiskys of the Chivas Brothers.

Information about the Distillery
62 Bottles
Scotland, Speyside
-3.206225 57.394225
Active
Pernod Ricard
2 x 22,000 l
Pear
2 x 14,500 l
Tall
8 x 44,000 l
8 t
1975
4,000,000 l
Average tasting notes Tasting Notes
Calculated from 12 Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Fruit:
Sweet:
Vanilla:
Apple:
Sherry:
Pineapple:
Chocolate:
Nuts:
Malt:
Oak:
Spices:
Orange:
Barley:
Green Apple:
Wheat:
Oil:
Pear:
Zitrus:
Tasting
Sweet:
Fruit:
Vanilla:
Oak:
Orange:
Zitrus:
Nuts:
Spices:
Oil:
Berries:
Sherry:
Malt:
Peat Smoke:
Salt:
Caramel:
Honey:
Maritime Notes:
Finish
Sweet:
Fruit:
Vanilla:
Zitrus:
Nuts:
Malt:
Oak:
Spices:
Orange:
Caramel:
Oil:
Herb:
Chocolate:
Coffee:
Details about the Distillery

The Whisky

The Allt-A-Bhainne whisky was meant to serve as one of the lead malt whiskies in the Chivas Regal blends. So you will find the products of the distillery in Chivas Regal, Passport and 100 Pipers. Today there are no original bottlings of Allt-A-Bhainne. You will only find independent bottlings that carry the name of the distillery.

The taste of the whisky represents Speyside whisky. It has a lot of character, but is not as rough and strong as other Highland and Islay malts.

The Production

The Allt-A-Bhainne distillery is in active production and is said to produce 4 million litres of pure alcohol per year. This output goes into the blend production.

The Pot Stills

There are two spirit stills (14,500 litres) and two wash stills (22,000 litres) at the distillery. The wash still is very pear-shaped and the lyne arm is rising after the neck. This would suggest a very rough whisky. But more important is the shape of the spirit sill. The base is kept very round with a reflux bowl on top of the conical neck. The neck of the spirit still is also very tall. This rounds off the whisky and prevents the sharp aromas to go into the spirit.

The Malting

The Allt-A-Bhainne distillery is merely the production stage for the distillation. There have never been any malting floors at Allt-A-Bhainne distillery.

History

The distillery was founded in 1975 by the Chivas Brothers Ltd. In 1989 the capacity of the distillery was increased by the installation of two additional pot stills. Later in 2001 Chivas Brothers were sold to the Pernod Ricard Company. 

The Visitor Centre

There is no visitor centre and the plant is not open to public.

Fun Fact

The distillery has pagoda shaped kiln tops, but they have never served any function.

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