Braeval was founded in 1973 under the name "Braes of Glenlivet" of Chivas & Glenlivet Group with the sole purpose of producing whiskey for blended whiskey for Chivas and Glenlivet Group. Production began in October of that year. Already in 1975 the number of Stills extended from 3 to 5 and for an additional to 6 Stills in 1978. In 1994 the distillery name change from "Braes of Glenlivet" to Braeval, to avoid confusion with The Glenlivet. In 2001 acquires Pernod Ricard, Chivas and stop production in October 2002. The production resumed at July 11, 2008  after a modernization of the distillery and it is today one of the most modern distillery in Scotland. The distillery currently has a capacity of up to 4.0 million liters of alcohol per. years, can be operated by a single employee. The distillery is located in the southern part of Speyside, in the Life Glen Valley and is one of the highest located distillery in Scotland, with a location at 1665 feet above sea level, close to distillers The Glenlivet, Tomintoul and Tamnavulin. Braeval is built on a mountain ridge, sharing water source ("Pitilie Burn") with Aberfeldy distillery. The distillery has not its own store but carrying the newly alcohol to Chivas store in Keith. 

Braeval / Braes of Glenlivet has never released their own single malt, since almost all production is used for Chivas blends. The independent bottler Aberko Ltd. has released two bottlings, a 10 year old and a 15 year old under the name "deerstalker", as well as Duncan Taylor, Gordon & Macphail, Douglas Laing and others has released several different bottlings.

The distillery has no website or visitor center.


Production resumes

Just text  •  2008  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig


Braeval was mothballed in 2002

Mothballed  •  2002  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

The distillery's own Seagrams is sold to Pernod Ricard

Just text  •  2001  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig


The name changed from Braes of Glenlivet to Braeval

Just text  •  1995  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig


Er opened a new still in 1978

New still  •  1978  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

One additional stills has been installed.

Er opened a new still in 1975

New still  •  1975  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Two more stills are installed. Now there are five stills.

Braeval opened its doors on Monday 01st January 1973

Opened  •  01.01.1973

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Chapeltown, Banffshire
AB37 9JS
Scotland Speyside


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