Braeval (Braes of Glenlivet) 23 Year, Exclusive Malts
Exclusive Malts, Blends, and Regions are the brainchild of David Stirk, Founder of the The Creative Whisky Company. This company specializes in sourcing and bottling exclusive, single cask, single malt, and at times, blended cask whiskies.
Of the Exclusive Malts, each and every bottling is from one cask; sometimes less than 100 bottles, sometimes as many as 600, always at cask strength with as minimal filtering or tampering as possible (i.e. non-chill filtered, no coloring added.)
Spirit Sub Type:
Impex / Georgian Royal
The Braes of Glenlivet was a major location for illicit stills in the 18th and 19th centuries, and if local rumours are true, the practice continued until relatively recently. This remote, sheltered, high pasture land was ideal for moonshining – the first road to ‘the Braes’ was only laid in the 1960s. The distillery followed in 1972. Originally known as Braes of Glenlivet it changed its name to Braeval to avoid any confusion with its more famous neighbor. 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 honor of being the joint highest distillery in Scotland with Dalwhinnie. –Scotchwisky.com
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