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BRAES OF GLENLIVET      
15 years old
43 %               
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION

Distilled 6.6.79
Bottled 5.95
Butt no. 16041
860 numbered bottles
Van Wees, Holland

BRAES OF GLENLIVET      
15 years
60%                
VINTAGE 1979
Distilled 06.06.79
Bottled 3.95
Matured in sherry casks
Butt no. 16040
570 numbered bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

BRAES OF GLENLIVET      
23 years old
43 %                
THE SINGLE CASK COLLECTION
Montgomerie's Single Cask
Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled on 19 October 1977
Bottled in October 2000
Cask No. 100763
Genummerde flessen
MADEIRA WOOD
Montgomery & Co, Ltd, Glasgow

BRAES OF GLENLIVET      
26 years old
40 %              
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled: 1975
Bottled: 2001
Proprietors:
Chivas Bros. Ltd.
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin





Speyside
BRAES OF GLENLIVET (1972 - 2002)    also see BRAEVAL

Banffshire, Chapeltown. Licentiehouder: Chivas Brothers Ltd. Onderdeel van The Chivas & Glenlivet Group. Eigendom van Seagram.
Brae stamt uit het Noors en betekent steile helling. Het is de hoogst gelegen distilleer-derij in het Livet gebied en na Dalwhinnie de twee na hoogst gelegen distilleerderij van Schotland.
De bouw werd gestart op 7 Juli 1972.
De eerste turf werd gestoken door Samuel Bronfman, zoon van de president van Seagram en met de bouw van het gebouwencomplex werd begonnen in Januari 1973
Braes of Glenlivet werd op 29 September 1973 in bedrijf gesteld.
In 1975 werden er twee ketels bijgebouwd, en kwam het aantal op vijf.
In 1978 werd er een zesde ketel bijgebouwd.
Het water komt van twee bronnen, Preenie Well en Kate's Wel

De ketels zijn kopieën van die van Strathisla.
De naam Braes of Glenlivet werd in 1995 veranderd in Braeval.
De Braes of Glenlivet heeft geen eigen lagerpakhuizen. De whisky wordt dagelijks naar de lagerpakhuizen van Saegram te Keith vervoerd.
De Mash tun is 8.4 ton, de vijftien Wash backs zijn elk groot 44000 liter.
De indirekt  verhitte ketels worden met stoom verhit.
De twee Wash stills zijn elk 22000 liter, de vier Spirit stills elk 10000 liter groot.
De produktie capaciteit is vier miljoen liter spirit per jaar.
Met de overname van Seagram door Diageo en Pernod Ricard op 18 December 2000, worden de Schotse whisky en distilleerderijen van Seagram het eigendom van Pernod Ricard.

Aberko Ltd, a small spirits company in Glasgow has acquired the rights to the name
Deerstalker which was established already in 1880

There are four versions of Deerstalker with the 10 and 15 year old consisting of Braeval
the 12 years old is a Allt - A - Bhainne and a Balmenach 18 years old


1973  Seagram Company founds Braes  of Glenlivet trough The Chivas and                                                                                           

Glenlivet Group
1975  Three stills are increased to five
1978  A sixt still is added
1994  Braes of Glenlivet is named Braeval
2001  Pernod Ricard buys The Chivas and Glenlivet Group
2002  Braeval is mothballed
2008  Braeval is producing again  


THE SECRET SPEYSIDE COLLECTION
July 2019
Secret Speyside Collection: Braes of Glenlivet, Caperdonich, Glen Keith, Longmorn
The Secret Speyside Collection is the largest range of single malts yet released by Chivas Brothers, covering 15 whiskies from four of the region’s distilleries: Braes of Glenlivet, Caperdonich, Glen Keith and Longmorn.

It’s perhaps open to question just how ‘secret’ Longmorn is – the single malt has been launched and relaunched in recent years, amid some controversy over pricing – but it’s certainly rare to see releases from the other three distilleries.

If you’ve never heard of Braes of Glenlivet, that’s because it’s been known as Braeval since 1994, to avoid confusion with its more illustrious stablemate. All three of the whiskies here were produced – just – before the change of name.

Whether you buy into regional flavour profiles or not, Richard Woodard finds that there’s a definite theme here of Speysidean fruit flavours running through all four of the distilleries on show, with some of the highlights including an ‘opulent’ 30-year-old Braes, and a ‘serious, but fun’ unpeated offering from closed distillery Caperdonich.

Meanwhile, there’s little to choose between a consistently excellent trio of malts from Glen Keith, and Longmorn’s exotic, hedonistic fruit character is very much to the fore, especially in a standout 23-year-old.

The fruit-fest is only interrupted by two peated Caperdonich bottlings, with the ‘wonderfully aromatic and exotic’ 21-year-old a real highlight. Caperdonich’s two oldest Secret Speyside expressions – 25-year-old peated and 30-year-old unpeated variants – are still in cask and will be released later in the year.

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> Braes of Glenlivet 25 Years Old
> Braes of Glenlivet 27 Years Old
> Braes of Glenlivet 30 Years Old
> Caperdonich 18 Years Old Peated
> Caperdonich 21 Years Old Peated
> Caperdonich 21 Years Old Unpeated
> Caperdonich 25 Years Old Unpeated
> Glen Keith 21 Years Old
> Glen Keith 25 Years Old
> Glen Keith 28 Years Old
> Longmorn 18 Years Old
> Longmorn 23 Years Old
> Longmorn 25 Years Old

BRAES OF GLENLIVET 25 YEARS OLD
ABV
48%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
All is sweetness here: richly fruited, with cantaloupe and apricot, then more exotic hints of lemongrass and kaffir lime, before the cask chimes in with coconut and vanilla. Those cask-driven notes give a little lift to what might otherwise be a sugary fruit-fest, as do the perfumed spices – coriander, crushed cardamom pod. These are content to sit at the back while the fruits leap around centre-stage. Water brings red apple, dessert pear and some honey and waxed floorboard.

PALATE
Immediately sweet, but not cloying. There’s a dryness from the cask and a fair prickle of heat. Tangy marmalade notes appear, again stopping it all from becoming sickly. Well-mannered. Water helps to open things up, allowing those perfumed spices to say a few lines.

FINISH
Stewed red fruits, vanilla custard. Slightly drying.

CONCLUSION
I wonder if 48% is the correct bottling strength here. Much to admire, but not showing its best without a decent splash of water.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Enjoying a fruitarian diet on Cantaloupe Island.

BRAES OF GLENLIVET 27 YEARS OLD
ABV
48%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Ripe red apple jumps out first, with a savoury edge – a dusting of nutmeg – pulling at the fruit. Then there’s a swirl of yoghurt-covered hazelnuts, some ginger and finally some butterscotch. Quite perky, with good breadth. Water brings out lighter citrus flavours and a beguiling hedgerow note, so it’s worth a splash.

PALATE
There’s that red apple again, then a hint of black banana, wood polish and richer, dark fruits – blackcurrants, damsons and super-ripe plums. Then sweeter tones of light butterscotch and barley sugar. Water teases out a little liquorice (comfits), but go easy or you’ll sacrifice the fruit.

FINISH
A lift of acidity and, after a while, some sweet caramel.

CONCLUSION
It’s a bit of a shape-shifter, but the fruit is the main attraction. Excellent balance.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Riding the wave with The Changingman.

BRAES OF GLENLIVET 30 YEARS OLD
ABV
50.3%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Not only the oldest and strongest of the Braes trio, but also the palest. A little shy after the exuberance of its younger siblings, but there’s some plum and light vanilla, then densely packed aromas of date and fig. With time, some brighter red fruit aromas of loganberry and red cherry. With more time, light ginger, fenugreek and then lime flower. Finally, much sweeter scents of fondant icing. Take your time!

PALATE
Velvety, rich, opulent, with the fruit giving way to a wonderfully savoury tang of rancio. Damson jam on hot buttered toast, then a little coconut and overripe banana right at the back of the mouth. Despite the higher abv, you don’t need water.

FINISH
Fresh pear to cleanse the palate.

CONCLUSION
Here the natural sweetness of the distillate is counterbalanced by judicious cask influence and the complexity and depth that only time can bring. Don’t rush this though, as it’s quite shy.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Wading through the water, going with the gentle flow of Bea’s Song.

CAPERDONICH 18 YEARS OLD PEATED
ABV
48%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Smoky & Peaty
NOSE
Whoah Nelly! Tasting the two peated Capers last, it’s quite a shift after the sweet fruit-fest of the other malts in this range. Smouldering bonfire, then camphor and that coal tar soap my grandmother insisted on buying. The peat’s very much in charge here, but there are lingering scents of poached pear that come into sharper relief as the smoke blows off. There’s a herbal element that links with the smoke to create a hint of Lapsang. It’s distinctive, but not overpowering. Water douses the smoke into Plasticine, but brings out zesty orange.

PALATE
Savoury smoke, more luscious fruit – a sweet, baked apple pie with a slightly caught crust. A little hot, with a blast of cayenne pepper. Some orange zest and ginger playing catch-up, but the enjoyably aromatic smoke is quite dominant.

FINISH
Smoked meat with a honey glaze.

CONCLUSION
There’s lots to like here, but it’s a little fierce and ragged around the edges. A promising nose, but the palate is slightly underwhelming.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Lively, but just a little too Vicious at times.

CAPERDONICH 21 YEARS OLD PEATED
ABV
48%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Smoky & Peaty
NOSE
Only three years older, but the smoke has retreated and evolved into the aromatic scent of olive wood embers, with an accompanying waft of the smokehouse. This allows the lush and luscious fruit to come through – ripe, bright clementine in particular. Next comes a little cigar box and richer cedar wood notes. The smoke just gentles these flavours along, without ever seeking to dominate them.

PALATE
Mouth-coating, almost oily, with rich mandarin before smoked meat builds through the mid-palate towards an explosive finish. The smoke is much less shy now, returning to bonfire-and-camphor country. Water flattens, rather than enhances, but brings added sweetness.

FINISH
Again, that elusive herbal quality. Long and savoury, with perfumed smoke.

CONCLUSION
The difference between these two malts feels like more than three years – again illustrating the limited relevance of age statements. This has more poise, and is wonderfully aromatic and exotic. Nicely done.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Lost among the temples, Alone in Kyoto.

CAPERDONICH 21 YEARS OLD UNPEATED
ABV
48%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Quite delicate orchard fruit notes of russet apple and slightly overripe (faintly brown at the tip) pear. There’s a verdant quality here of sun-warmed summer lawn, vetiver and herb patch. It lacks a little magnitude, but makes up for this with subtlety.

PALATE
Broader than the nose suggests. A little fiery, but always this mouth-coating creaminess carrying cask-driven notes of vanilla, edging into condensed milk. Quite punchy and certainly mouth-filling. Water coaxes out more creaminess and a super-sweet vanilla-coated pear character.

FINISH
Clean, slight edge of spearmint, then more sweetness (Juicy Fruit chewing gum).

CONCLUSION
It’s a sweetie, and it’s a cracker. Just the right side of sugary.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Unable to sleep on a hot summer’s night, you amble into the garden to enjoy the Dawn Chorus.

CAPERDONICH 25 YEARS OLD UNPEATED
ABV
48%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Rich & Round
NOSE
Bigger and richer from the outset. A densely-packed nose of sweet plum, cooking spices, then rich cassis and mulberry. Where the 21 was a little shy, this is much more assertive. The more restrained orchard fruits take a while to come through, but they’re there. Polished desk and then more tropical fruits emerge. Slightly herbal and hard to pin down. Water brings out a new hedgerow scent of white flowers, then camomile.

PALATE
First the orchard fruits come through, having overcome their initial shyness. Then some earthy, age- and cask-related notes of polished wood and book cupboard. Only late on do darker notes of blackberry and even blueberry emerge, along with bitter black chocolate. Builds slowly to a crescendo, in contrast to the nose. Water sweetens and brings more overt cask notes.

FINISH
Chocolate, caramel, Fruit ‘n’ Nut bar. Endless.

CONCLUSION
A highly refined summer pudding in a glass. A serious whisky, but one that knows how to have fun.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
One of Mozart’s lighter moments: ‘Pa… pa-pa!’

GLEN KEITH 21 YEARS OLD
43%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Deeply fruity notes of juicy orange and pineapple cubes. The texture hints at a syrupy sweetness, accompanied by the smooth tones of lightly waxed wood. Then this melds into creamy citrus, with summer hedgerow notes of honeysuckle and jasmine. There’s lightness, but depth too. Water lightens the fruit into reminiscences of Quosh (orange & pineapple), but doesn’t reveal anything particularly new.

PALATE
We’re back in that hedgerow at first, then there’s freshly shaved ginger (minus the heat), followed by bolder wood-derived notes of cashew and almond. A prickle of heat, even at 43%, but this is all about the fruit, which returns with a vengeance and in tropical guise.

FINISH
Slightly drying, but still perky.

CONCLUSION
Pure drinking pleasure. Not overly complex, but you can’t keep this down. A labrador puppy of a whisky.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
A summery single malt like this needs a Song for Sunshine.

GLEN KEITH 25 YEARS OLD
ABV
43%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
The polished patina seen in the 21 jumps out again, this time subsiding swiftly in favour of delightful, sun-warmed Amalfi lemon and Valencia orange (very Mediterranean), along with a slug of custard (not quite so Mediterranean). Smooth, seamless and utterly charming. Water coaxes out even more aromas: heady tangerine, Rose’s Lime Cordial.

PALATE
Ginger and warming baking spices, again that tiny prickle of heat, then darker flavours rush in – cola cube and dark marmalade. It’s lifted by an undercurrent of a greengage pudding spiked with cinnamon. Water brings more ginger and a bit of grip from the cask.

FINISH
Super-tangy, with some wood tannins bringing depth and structure.

CONCLUSION
The nose is a delight, but overshadows the palate a little. Still, a complex whisky that shows distillery character and cask in harmony.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Such balance and harmony can only be Fleeting.

GLEN KEITH 28 YEARS OLD
ABV
43%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Spice to the fore – those baking spices from the 25, but there’s much more heft and muscle here as cask and age assert themselves. A wave of dark fudge softens any austerity, and then the fruit comes through: mango, ripe orange, shifting into damson and then date. Water takes us back to the hedgerow, as well as the playroom (Fuzzy-Felt), before the spice returns.

PALATE
Smooth and sumptuous, but with an added savoury depth now of allspice, then liquorice and bitter, dark chocolate. The fruit hints at a top-class crème de cassis from Dijon, and it builds into an indulgent slice of Jamaican ginger bread. Big. Delicious.

FINISH
Chewy tannins and whispers of rancio. Later, stewed blackcurrants in dark chocolate. Very long.

CONCLUSION
This ticks every box of complexity and depth. There are times when the cask threatens to become too assertive, but it always steps back from the brink. All three of these bottlings trace a clear line of distillery character and evolution.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
It’s a stadium-filling, Runaway success…

LONGMORN 18 YEARS OLD
ABV
48%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Unctuous exotic fruit – walking through a sunlit orangery, but there’s mango and apricot growing here too. This drives off to leave more fruit, but of the orchard variety this time. Then there’s lots of vanilla and creamy fudge, giving a feeling of decadence. Otherwise, the cask is relaxed enough to sit back and watch, contributing a note of pencil sharpener. Water sweetens things even more, bringing out orange zest and barley sugar.

PALATE
Big and exotic, but with quite a prickle from the alcohol. It feels hotter than 48% and this rather conceals the perfumed fruit of the nose, leaving coconut and vanilla in their place. Water helps enormously, opening up the fruit and bringing notes of anise and then mint.

FINISH
Super-sweet, dripping with mango juice.

CONCLUSION
Plenty to like here (if you’re a fan of sweet fruit), but the palate is a little out of kilter.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Keep your balance, or you’ll be Falling Down.

LONGMORN 23 YEARS OLD
ABV
48%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Indulgent, seamless peach folded into Chantilly cream with a slice of lemon meringue on the side. Absurdly, hedonistically fruity, like Glen Keith on steroids. There’s spice too – ginger, but also something dark and reduced. It’s complex. Water dumbs things down a little, with light fruit cordial notes.

PALATE
Wonderful texture, with an explosion of tropical fruit darkening into cassis and black cherry, which in turn tips over into a slight, but pleasing, bitterness. Some dark chilli chocolate. Water makes it all a little too austere.

FINISH
Delightfully sweet. Luxuriant.

CONCLUSION
A crowd-pleasing blockbuster of ripe fruit, but a hydrophobic one.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
A winning Intermezzo just before the final act.

LONGMORN 25 YEARS OLD
ABV
52.2%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Compared to the fruit-driven delights of the preceding pair, the cask is very much in charge here, and the higher alcohol is also immediately noticeable. The oak brings out sweet spices – cinnamon especially – then there’s dessert apple. A marmalade tang lurks at the back, before giving way to dark set honey. The combination of orange and assertive wood brings to mind a first-division VSOP Cognac. Water allows that orange character – mandarin now – to fully shine, with creamy light spice, cider apple and aromas of a stable hay rack.

PALATE
There’s texture from the higher alcohol, but the extra heat is manageable. Longmorn’s fruits have retreated before the sawmill buzz of active oak. There’s a tang of black cherries in kirsch as it fades. Water dries a little, but also brings light spices and that slightly bitter black cherry note again.

FINISH
Dark chocolate.

CONCLUSION
The cask is just a little too dominant here for my taste, but it’s still a decent dram. A darker, more forbidding Longmorn.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
It’s going to be a Black Night.

Capacity: 4.200.000 Ltrs
Output: 4.200.000 Ltrs


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