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Antarctica Series 3 - Allt-A-Bhainne 24 Year Old 1993

Our third release in this bespoke series of whiskies offers the unique chance to try this single malt that is not offered officially. The Allt-A-Bhainne distillery produces mostly for the blending industry, so you do not come accross this as a single malt release very often. When we tried this cask, however, we knew we just had to offer you a taste.

Matured for over two decades on a bourbon cask, our Allt-A-Bhainne is a summery dram that will bring a smile to your face.

On the label you will find another of Ilse Everaert's wonderful photographs from Antarctica. This time around it features a fantastic landscape of water, snow and ice as can be found in Paradise Bay.

 

When it comes to pure Antarctic beauty, Paradise Bay remains the unrivaled champion. Mammoth glaciers spear out of the steel-blue sea, icebergs that have run aground lie shattered over the rocks like pulverized cathedrals. The water is thick with ice floes and whales, gentoo penguins and crabeater seals. The whole scene looks like the fantastic sculpture of some all-powerful ice spirit.

Paradise Bay is a wide embayment behind Lemaire and Bryde Islands in Antarctica, indenting the west coast of Graham Land. The name was first applied by whalers operating in the vicinity in 1920. 

When the sun is shining and the weather calm―not unusual in Paradise Bay―a zodiac cruise is like visiting a heaven of ice and snow. Blue-white icebergs, mountains flashing back at you from the bright blue water, and whales and seals common to this bay are eye-popping reminders of why travelers come here year after year.

Allt-A-Bhainne

The Allt-A-Bhainne Distillery was built in 1975 by Seagram’s, specifically to make sure there would always be enough malt for the group's blends. Pronounced 'olta-vayne', it is Gaelic for 'Burn of Milk'.

 

It produces around 4 million liters of spirit per year via two wash and two spirit stills. The water comes from two burns - Scurran Burn and Rowantree Burn - that bring fresh water from the mountain Ben Rinnes.

It is one of Speyside's most efficient distilleries and production can be run by just one man. The spirit does not mature on site, but is tankered away to nearby Keith.

In 2001 the distillery was acquired by Pernod Ricard, who closed it a year later (together with Braeval). In May 2005, however, Allt-A-Bhainne was given a second lease on life.

 

All of the whisky produced at Allt-A-Bhainne is destined to be a part of the Chivas Regal, Passport, Something Special, 100 Pipers and other blends. No official single malt releases can be found. That is why you will need to look at independent bottlers if you want to be able to try this whisky as single malt. We are very happy to be able to provide you with that opportunity with our 23 years old release, distilled in 1993 and matured on a bourbon cask. We bottled it at cask strength, which is still a lovely 50.2% ABV. Enjoy!

 

May the Malt be with you!