Up until now, the only tastes we have of Allt-á-Bhainne as a single malt Whisky was when local craft shops and specialty caskers created independent bottlings. What we have been able to taste tends to have a generally straight-foreward Highland style with flavors of shortbread and vanilla with hints of orange zest. The younger versions (under ten years) are spicier and lighter while the older samples calm down and thick up with more fruit.
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Since Allt-á-Bhainne was not originally built for single malt production, there are no large rickhouses for long-term storage. Most of the spirit is sent in tankers to the Chivas casking facilities, and the rest is barrelled and then sent for storage.
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In Scottish Gaelic, "Allt-á-Bhainne" translates as "milk burn" or "milk stream," referring to the small spring water tributary that flows nearby. The distillery is located a ways down the road from Dufftown, in the Highlands on the east coast.
Allt-á-Bhainne Distillery was built from the ground up in 1975, for one purpose and one purpose only -- to supply malt spirits for the Chivas range of blends.
But as the demand for single malts has increased (and the official regulators have stubbornly refused to drop labeling standards), they now reserve a bit of production to create a single malt offering.
Due to the modern building and current, highly automated production system, many have called Allt-á-Bhainne the most productive distillery in Scotland. One person is all that is required to manage the entire process.
CountryUnited Kingdom, Scotland
No. of stills2 wash, 2 spirit
AddressAllt-A-Bhainne Distillery, Glenrinnes, Banffshire, AB55 4DI United Kingdom