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Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Braes of Glenlivet was founded in 1973 by the Chivas and Glenlivet Group. Lying in the prime pastures of the Livet Glen, at the heart of Speyside, the young distillery sits in close proximity to The Glenlivet. To avoid confusion, the distillery dropped the Glenlivet suffix in 1994 to become Braeval. During the 1970s the still capacity was increased dramatically, with a final still added, to total six in 1978.

At an altitude of 350m, Braeval stands as the highest distillery in Scotland. Braeval was built on a mountain ridge, sharing its water source, the Pitilie Burn, with the highland based Aberfeldy. No official bottlings have been released, but there are two Braeval whiskies available as part of Aberko Ltd’s Deerstalker range. The distillery closed in October of 2002, following Pernod Ricard’s acquisition of Chivas Brothers the previous year.

After renovation and refurbishment the distillery was reopened in July of 2008 - a year when Chivas reopened several silent distilleries in their portfolio. A thoroughly modern distillery, despite its old-fashioned, classic aesthetics, Braeval can be operated by just one worker, though nonetheless the capacity is quite substantial at 3.8m litres per annum.

Braeval Whisky Distillery

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About Braeval Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01542 783042

Distillery Founded

1973

Distillery Capacity

3 800 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Chapeltown of Glenlivet, Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9JS

Distillery Owner

Chivas Brothers Ltd (Pernod Ricard)

1973

The Chivas and Glenlivet Group founds Braes of Glenlivet, the name which will be used for the first 20 years. The Glenlivet, Tomintoul and Tamnavulin are the only other distilleries situated in the Livet Glen valley. Production starts in October.

1975

Three stills are increased to five.

1978

Five stills are further expanded to six.

1994

The distillery changes name to Braeval.

2001

Pernod Ricard takes over Chivas Brothers.

2002

Braeval is mothballed in October.

2008

The distillery starts producing again in July.

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Braes of Glenlivet is now better known as Braeval after the distillery dropped the Glenlivet suffix in 1994 to avoid confusion with the nearby Glenlivet Distillery. The distillery is also the highest...  More info
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This 12 year old from Braeval (also known as Braes of Glenlivet) was distilled in 1999 before maturation in a single sherry butt as part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range.  More info
£46.85
This was distilled at the Braes of Glenlivet distillery (Braeval) in 1994 before an 18 year maturation in a single cask (cask number 159165). It was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2012.  More info
£135.99
This Beinn a'Cheo release from the Scottish Liqueur Centre was distilled on 19th May 1989 at the Braes of Glenlivet distillery, also known as Braeval. Bottled in 2013, having spent over 23 years in...  More info
A 1975 vintage from the now recently reopened Braeval distillery. This is a rarer bottling under the original 'Braes of Glenlivet' name, the Glenlivet suffix was dropped in 1994.  More info
£88.50
A single refill hogshead matured Braes of Glenlivet (cask number 5717). This was distilled in May 1989, matured for 20 years and bottled in December 2009 by Douglas and Laing. An outturn of 299...  More info
This was distilled at Braeval in May 1990, aged for 16 years in wine finished cask number 2922. It was bottled in September 2006 as part of a release of 327 bottles from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask...  More info
£40.58
A delicious sweet Speyside whisky, this was distilled at Braeval and aged for 10 years in a sherry butt. They bottled this as a "Cigar Malt" - a whisky that pairs perfectly with a cigar.  More info
£35.16
This Braeval was matured in a sherry butt for 8 years. The result is a whisky that pairs perfectly with a good cigar. It was bottled for just that purpose by Douglas Laing.  More info
This was distilled at Braeval on the 12th November 1998. It was aged for 12 years in two bourbon barrels before bottling on the 9th March 2011. A release of 679 bottles from Signatory.  More info
£26.52
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