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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Allt A Bhaine Distillery,



AB55 4DI

Tel: +44 (0)1340 783331


No Visitor Facilities

Allt-a-Bhainne Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Information

Allt A Bhainne Distillery History

Allt A Bhainne, Gaelic for "Burn of Milk", distillery is located south of Dufftown   in the Southern part of the central Speyside region,


Built in 1975 on the slopes of Benrinnes where the local streams provides a plentiful water supply


This was the fourth distillery built by Seagram's its main purpose was supplying malt whisky for the Chivas Regal and 100 Pipers blends.


The single pair of stills was doubled in 1989 to a capacity of approximately 4m litres of alcohol. The distillery is one of the most efficient distilleries in Scotland; it is stated that a single person can run the entire distillation process.


The maturation side of production isn't very traditional as tanker trucks transport the fresh spirit to Keith where it is then casked and stored.


In 2002 the distillery was mothballed and the distillery passed to Pernod Ricard (Chivas Brothers) following the sale of Seagrams to Pernod Ricard from Diageo.


In 2005 Chivas re-opened the distillery after three years of silence. There has never been an official distillery bottling of the Allt A Bhainne however occasional independent bottlings can be found.


Allt A Bhainne Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery StyleTasting Notes:

Nose :      Flowery, perfumed, sweet.

Palate :    Light and fresh, sweet, malty, flowery, spicy.

Finish :    Soft and light.


Allt A Bhainne Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Independent Bottlings


Cask Strength (Duncan Taylor),

Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),


Dun Bheagan (Ian McLeod),

Forbes Ross

Murray McDavid

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),

Private cellar (Scotts)




Allt A Bhainne Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice

Tasting note

Colour: Straw yellow.



Nose: Sweet - bubblegum, citrus fruits - lemonade, cream soda. Delicate spicy edge.

Palate: Peppery, cedar wood, little creaminess developing.


With Water

Nose: Fruity - bananas, soft fruits - strawberries and cream. Floral, herbal notes

Palate: Charred wood, toasted, nutty - linseed. Again slight creaminess.

Body: Light.

Finish: Subtle - clean.

Cask Type: Refill Bourbon Barrels

Whisky Style: Refreshing, clean flavours - aperitif or as a long drink.

Allt A Bhainne

 Scotch Whisky Distillery StyleTasting Notes:


Nose :      Flowery, perfumed, sweet.

Palate :    Light and fresh, sweet, malty, flowery, spicy.

Finish :    Soft and light.


Built in 1975 by Seagrams

Location Speyside

Water Source Scurran and Rowantree Burns


Allt- A-Bhainne Scotch Whisky Distilling Equipment.

Stainless steel Mash Tun,

8 Stainless steel washbacks,

4 Pot stills with upward inclined Lyne Arms

The 2 spirit stills have boil balls in their necks,

All computer controlled

The spirit is tankered away for casking and maturing