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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               

BRAEVAL
46 %
1 9 9 8
Matured for 14 years                            
Speyside Single Malt
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Distilled: 12/11/98
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel
Cask no: 168896
Bottled: 29/05/13
280 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chill Filtered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL

BRAEVAL

Malt: Unpeated, Concerto & Concerto blend barley varieties

Mashing: Traditional mashtun, 9 tonnes

Fermentation: 13 x stanless steel washbacks each 41000 litres
                          70 hours fermentation

Spirit stills 4 x 6900 litres charge

Wash stills: 2 each 20.500 litres

Output: 4000.000 litres


BRAEVAL DISTILLERY


Braeval has steadily grown in capacity and is now home to six stills (two large wash and four smaller spirit) all with thin necks and upward sloping lyne arms helping to generate a lighter style with some floral notes.

It is rarely seen as a single malt – even independent bottlers scarcely have any. It shares the honour of being the joint highest distillery in Scotland with Dalwhinnie.


The site was chosen by Seagram – at that point still in pursuit of The Glenlivet – purportedly because of the quality of its water. Famously, the first mash took place before the roof had been put on the distillery because the chairman was coming from Canada to inspect his new baby.

It was one of the first wholly automated distilleries in Scotland and one of the first to contain all of the equipment in a single open-plan space. Although it sports a pagoda roof, no malting has ever taken place.

It became part of Pernod Ricard’s portfolio when the firm took over Seagram’s Scotch whisky division in 2000. The following year, its new owner mothballed it for six years. It is now in full production.

Originally known as Braes of Glenlivet it changed its name to Braeval to avoid any confusion with its more famous neighbour.

TIMELINE

1973
Chivas Brothers, then a subsidiary of Seagrams, builds the Braes of Glenlivet distillery
1975
Two stills are installed, bringing the total tally to five
1978
A sixth still is installed
1994
The distillery changes its name to Braeval to avoid confusion with its large neighbour
2001
Chivas Brothers joins Pernod Ricard
2001
Braeval is mothballed
2008
Pernod Ricard reopens the distillery
BRAEVAL FACTS

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
4.2
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube- 2 wash condensers with water separator for heat recovery
FERMENTATION TIME i
74hrs
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
9
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Less than 1ppm
MALT SUPPLIER i
Crisp
MASH TUN SIZE i
6.7m diameter
MASH TUN TYPE i
Traditional Infusion
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
68-70%
SINGLE MALT PERCENTAGE i
0%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
7,500
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Traditional Speyside with boil ball
SPIRIT STILL SIZE (L) i
7,500
STILLS i
2 wash, 4 spirit
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
21,000
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Traditional Speyside
WASH STILL SIZE (L) i
21,000
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
42,000
WASHBACK TYPE i
Stainless steel
WASHBACKS i
13
WATER SOURCE i
Preenie & Kate's Well (distilling), Pitilie Burn (cooling water)
YEAST TYPE i
Mauri liquid
OWNERS

Pernod Ricard logo
PARENT COMPANY

Pernod Ricard
2001 - present
CURRENT OWNER

Chivas Brothers Holdings
PREVIOUS OWNER

Seagram Distillers
1973 - 2001
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