Founded in 1973
Braeval Distillery sits high up in the mountains, at the headwaters of the Spey River, just about 100 feet up the hill from the Glenlivet Distillery in the Livet Valley.

This area has a huge tradition of illegal distillation. The location is almost perfect for it because you have all the fresh spring water, ample grain, and water power you need. Plus, being so high on the hill, with the mountain range at your back, it is easy to see the king's excise men coming from miles away.

Braeval was founded in 1973, by the Chivas and Glenlivet Group, under the name "Braes of Glenlivet." But there was so much confusion with the actual Glenlivet Distillery, that they changed the name in 1994 to its current form.

This distillery was designed to be a workhorse, and that is exactly what it is -- turning out 3.8 million liters of spirit per year. Even though a handful of independent bottlers have grabbed a barrel or two over the years, to release special edition single malts, there are no official single malt releases.

All production -- as far as can be determined -- goes into blends, the vast majority of it being into the Chivas range. The facility was briefly closed between 2002 and 2008, for refurbishment, and the installation of advanced technology systems, to increase efficiency.

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Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

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What does Braeval taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Braeval Scotch. It's based on all Braeval drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste Braeval before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
    Pernod Ricard
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
    2 wash, 4 spirit
  • Visitor center
  • Status
  • Address
    Braeval Distillery Chapeltown Moray AB37 9JS United Kingdom
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This distillery is so efficient, that the entire spirit production can be run by one man managing their computer automated production system.

Braeval likes to say that they are the "highest" distillery in Scotland, but they will have to arm-wrestle Dalwhinnie for that honor... and our money is on Dalwhinnie.
Glens a plenty, history in abundance - that's Speyside.

The most densely populated Whisky region in the world sits in a fertile valley of rivers and glens. Home to over half of Scotland’s distilleries, Speyside malts from these fifty or so distilleries are hard to summarize, as there's a lot of flavour variety.

One thing we can say is that they're known for being frugal with peat and lavish with nutty fruit flavours. Apple, pear, honey, vanilla and spice all have a part to play in the Speyside Whiskies. Speyside Whisky also knows its way around a Sherry cask.
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