Category Archives: Allt a’Bhainne

Allt a´Bhainne 16-year-old Castle Collection

Bought: Online Whisky Auction, 19th June 2015

Ratings:
73/100 – Whiskybase (from 1 member vote)

I got this Allt a´Bhainne in a mix of miniatures at auction otherwise I doubt I would have singled it out for purchase. But I’m glad I got it. This whisky was distilled in 1979, only 4 years after Allt a´Bhainne was built along with Braeval to provide whisky for the Chivas blend. The distillery was mothballed in 2002 only to be reopened again in 2005 when Chivas launched a big effort to beat Johnnie Walker Black Label as the World’s number one blend. So you can see from the distillery’s history that providing single malt is low on its priority. There is no bottling facility at the distillery. We have to thank independent bottlers like ‘The Whisky Castle’ for buying up casks and letting the world find out what the bare bones of Allt a´Bhainne tastes like.

The house style for Allt a´Bhainne is sweet, floral, light in body and a bit spicy; very much an aperitif whisky. The Whisky Bible 2015 lists 10 versions of Allt a´Bhainne, all by independent bottlers (I don’t believe the distillery has ever released a single malt themselves). The best scores 92/100, a 20yo by Master of Malt, with a 12yo by Provenance taking second spot with 91.5/100.

The Whisky Castle company is based in Tomintoul. You can find their website here.

Allt a´Bhainne Castle Collection 16yo 5cl

Allt a’Bhainne 1995 (Carn Mor c.17-year-old)

Bought – Nickolls & Perks, 17th September 2013

Ratings:
81.25/100 – Whiskybase (average from 4 member votes)

This Allt a’Bhainne is part of the 24 x 20cl bottles that make up the Carn Mor Vintage Collection. Distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2012, it’s from a limited edition of 290, Cask No: 125285. Non-chill filtered and no added colour, it’s just a pity there’s so little of it. But then it wouldn’t be so special if there was lots!

81.25/100 on Whiskybase is a good score where one member leaves these tasting notes:

Nose: Light and sweet. Starts grassy followed by honey and vanilla. Some yellow apples. Flowery notes as well.
Taste: Unexpectedly punchy for its 46%. Toasted oak. Sugared almonds. Cinnamon. Liquorice at the background.
Finish: Medium long. Dry. Lots of bitterness of pink grapefruit. Gingery. Pine and spearmint.
Comments: Excellent aperitif whisky for a Sunday afternoon.

Allt a'Bhainne 1995 Carn Mor 20cl