Chapter 7 Whisky x TopWhiskies: Allt-a Bhainne 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
Key Facts About This Single Malt Scotch
Range: Exclusive release
Distillery: Allt-a Bhainne
Age: 12 years
Cask Type: Bourbon Hogshead
Limited Edition: 298 Bottles
Cask Number: 169
Bottle Size: 700ml
Alcohol by Volume: 49.7%
Distilled: August 2008
Bottled: April 2021
Allt-a Bhainne Tasting Notes
Selim's tasting notes
Nose: Fruit basket, flower bouquet, Manuka honey, candied orange, a touch of smoke.
Palate: Butterscotch, canned peach, honey, gingerbread, cinnamon spice.
Finish: Sweet, long, mandarine dipped in sweet spices.
Ed's tasting notes
Nose: Orchard fruits, green apples and ripe pears. Faint apple wood smoke, and a salinity. A honeyed sweetness. And a green herbacious note, like aloe vera leaves.
Palate: Medium mouthfeel. Vanilla and green apples. Gingerbread, with real ginger, drizzled with honey. Gentle wood spice. The ABV works well; at this strength, the alcohol adds structure, without any burn.
Finish: Medium, warming spices go through orange notes to end in malt sweetness.
About this Chapter 7 x TopWhiskies collaboration
Allt-a Bhainne is a silent hero for Chivas Brothers servicing as one of the lead malt whiskies in its Chivas Regal Blends. The distillery was built in 1975 and is not aesthetically one of the most beautiful in Scotland, operating with all the equipment in a single room with the mash tun at one end and the four stills at the other.
We decided to give this extremely fruity whisky a twist by finishing it in a Caol Ila first fill bourbon casks. We then cut this whisky to 49.7% alcohol by volume where we think it performs best and lets out all the aromas, making this dram very accessible to all whisky fans.