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Allt-a-Bhainne Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenrinnes, Dufftown, Banffshire
AB55 4DI Scotland
Tel: +44(0)1340-783331
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Allt-a-Bhainne 1991 Connoisseurs Choice - Label Image  Courtesy of Gordon & MacPhailAllt-á-Bhainne was built in 1975 by Seagram's on the slopes of Benrinnes which provides plentiful water supplies. It was the fourth distillery built by Seagram's in the mid '70s. The main purpose of Allt-A-Bhainne was to supply malt whisky for the Chivas Regal blends. While it was still a relatively new, high-tech distillery, it was expanded in 1989 to a capacity of approximately 4 million litres of alcohol, which doubled its production.

Allt-á-Bhainne appears to be one of the most efficient distilleries in Scotland and it's been said a single person can run the entire distillation process. Allt-a-Bhainne is not a traditional distillery; the fresh spirit is transported by tanker trucks to Keith where it is casked and stored. There has never been an official bottling of Allt-a-Bhainne (meaning burn of milk), however there have been several independent bottlings available.


Allt-a-Bhainned 1991 17 year label courtesy of Douglas Laing Inc.
Nose: Carries an attractive spicy caramel sweetness - "Tarte Tatin" style.

Palate: Full bodied, sweet (peat?) Runs to balanced smoky/tannic quality.

Finish: Long and rich with nuts, leather even some late dry peat + tablet (F&J)

Comments: Distilleed in June of 1991 - bottled Decmber of 2008.

Tasting notes by Douglas Laing, Inc.  

Allt-a-Bhainne Distillery
Allt-a-Bhainne Distillery

The water sources for Allt-a-Bhainn are the Scurran & Rowantree Burns and the distillery produces 4,000,000 litres of pure alcohol per year. Allt-A-Bhainne was acquired by Pernod Ricard in 2001 and one year later, it was mothballed along with its sister distillery, Braeval. In May of 2005, it was reopened and production resumed.

Tour Information: Please contact Allt-a-Bhainne Distillery at Tel: +44(0)1340-783331

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