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Allt-á-Bhainne

A newcomer, Allt-á-Bhainne, (pronounced Ollt-err-VANE) was founded in 1975 by Chivas Brothers Ltd, then a subsidiary of Seagram and, as of 2001, of drinks giant Pernod Ricard. Built with the intent of ensuring a steady supply of whisky for Chivas’ blended products, the distillery’s unusual name derives from the Gaelic, ‘Allt a’bhainne’ meaning ‘burn of milk’. The distillery lies on the southern slopes of the rugged mountain range, Ben Rinnes and draws its water from a spring amongst the lofty peaks.

Much like its neighbour Braeval, no official bottling has been released from the distillery and it is unlikely, according to its owners, that there will ever be any; there have been, however, some independent bottlings from bottlers including Deerstalker and Duncan Taylor. Closed in 2002, due to saturation in the whisky market, the distillery was reopened in May of 2005 due to an increased demand for the blend Chivas Regal, Allt-á-Bhainne being a chief component. Today, the distillery has capacity of 4.5 million litres per annum.

Allt A Bhainne Whisky Distillery

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About Allt A Bhainne Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01542 783200

Distillery Founded

1975

Distillery Capacity

4 500 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Chivas Brothers Ltd (Pernod Ricard)

Distillery Address

Glenrinnes, Dufftown, Banffshire AB55 4DB

1975

The distillery is founded by Chivas Brothers, a subsidiary to Seagrams, in order to secure malt whisky for their blended whiskies. The total cost amounts to £2.7 million.

1989

Production has doubled.

2001

Pernod Ricard takes over Chivas Brothers from Seagrams.

2002

Mothballed in October.

2005

Production restarts in May.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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