Allt A'Bhainne Distillery
Stills: 2 Wash 2 Spirit
Water Source: Scurran & Rowantree Burns
Capacity: 4 Million Litres
Owners: Pernod Ricard
The main characteristics of the distillate are a very big grassiness with notes of cereals, butter, porridge, vegetables and some quite sweet notes with occasional citrus. There are expressions available from most of the independent bottlers but it is really a blending malt so looking for incredible cask strength belters is probably something of a hard task. However as a summer malt Allt A'Bhainne really excels. It is not exactly an old Ardbeg or Brora so it is a whisky you can feel free to have a bit more ‘fun' with. Ice in summer, a perfect lighter base for whisky cocktails, home blending experiments… the list goes on. It is a plain but clean spirit and one that leaves plenty room for having fun and not being too anal or precious about. After all, isn't whisky really about fun?
New owners Pernod Ricard may have changed things regarding the production process but for the foreseeable future Allt A'Bhainne seems destined to remain a blending machine as it always has done. Perhaps renewed efforts in wood management will see some big changes in time but we will have to wait and see.