Braeval Speyside Whisky Distillery (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)
Firstly, these 2 names are the same Scottish whisky distillery. When founded in 1973 by the Glenlivet Group and Chivas the distillery was named Braes of Glenlivet, as it was situated in the fields of Livet Glen and very close to Glenlivet. It closed in 2002 and renamed in 2008 as Braeval as the owners were not happy at the amount of distilleries adding Glenlivet as a suffix to their distillery. By remaning it they hoped this would avoid confusion by consumers.
Braeval (Braes of Glenlivet) was built on the hillside (350m above sea level the highest distillery in Scotland) and shares its water supply with the better known whisky Aberfeldy. This although not well known can produce almost 4 million litres per annum with 6 stills. Almost all of the single malt produced here goes into blends owned by Chivas such as 100 Pipers, Chivas Regal and Passport blends. Being built so recently (in Scottish whisky terms) this is a modern production site where the stills can be operated by just one worker. Braeval however has again fallen silent with the Allt a Bhainne distillery producing most of the required malt for Chivas Regal. No official single malt bottlings have been released only independent bottlings which have been well received by critics.
Taste: Braeval has only independent bottlings by Gordon & MacPhail, MacKillops Choice and Speciality Drinks. These are quite rare and according to experts the single malt whisky are all very different.
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