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Allt-a-Bhainne Distillery Speyside
Allt A’ Bhainne (Gaelic for ‘burn of milk’) is a very young whisky distillery, opened only in 1975, and serves primarily to supply whisky for the Chivas Regal blends. The distillery is extremely efficient, and despite the fact that it is able to produce 4,000,000 litres of alcohol every year, it is built to supposedly be able to be run by a single person.
There has never been an official distillery bottling from Allt A’ Bhainne, although one may come across the occasional independent bottling.
Whisky from Allt A’ Bhainne is usually light and fresh, with sweet floral and perfume notes on the nose.
To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.
Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.
Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.
The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’.
Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.