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Chivas Brothers (Team)

Chivas Brothers Ltd. (Pernod Ricard)


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Braeval, formerly known as Braes of Glenlivet, is a distillery situated in the remote and historically renowned region of the Braes of Glenlivet, known for its history of illicit whisky production spanning the 18th and 19th centuries. Even according to local lore, the clandestine tradition persisted until relatively recent times in this secluded, high pasture land. In the 1960s, the first road was constructed to reach "the Braes," paving the way for the establishment of the distillery in 1972. The distillery's location was chosen by Seagram, who were then pursuing The Glenlivet, citing the superior quality of its water source.

Braeval has experienced consistent expansion, currently housing six stills, comprising two large wash stills and four smaller spirit stills. These stills feature thin necks and upward-sloping lyne arms, contributing to the creation of a lighter whisky style with delicate floral notes. Although not frequently encountered as a single malt, Braeval shares the distinction of being one of the highest distilleries in Scotland, alongside Dalwhinnie. Braeval was among the early adopters of full automation in Scottish distilleries, pioneering an open-plan space housing all equipment. Despite its pagoda roof, Braeval has never conducted malting on-site.

Following Pernod Ricard's acquisition of Seagram's Scotch whisky division in 2000, Braeval became part of its portfolio. However, in the subsequent year, the new owner temporarily mothballed the distillery for six years before resuming full production. To distinguish itself from its renowned neighbor, the distillery changed its name from Braes of Glenlivet to Braeval.

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