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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.
CountryUnited Kingdom, Scotland
No. of stills2 wash, 4 spirit
AddressBraeval Distillery Chapeltown Moray AB37 9JS United Kingdom