Aldunie Distillery Focus

Aldunie Distillery Focus


Aldunie Distillery is the name of the teaspooned Kininvie Single Malt. It consists of mainly the three William Grant distilleries; Kininvie, Balvenie, and Glenfiddich that are located all next to each other in Dufftown.

Kininvie is one of Scotland’s newer distilleries and is completely hidden away behind its two more famous neighbours. The majority of production is there for William Grant’s blends and blended malt Monkey Shoulder. The Kininvie stills are similar in shape to Glenfiddich but use larger wash stills producing a more floral style.

It’s rare to find any distillery bottling of Kininvie – whilst there are a number of independent bottlings available, currently only two bottlings are under the Aldunie name. Essentially these casks will be in demand from the Independent Bottlers, so there is your exit strategy. From the samples we’ve tasted, we’ve been very impressed with the whisky.

We currently have a very special 1997 Aldunie Barrel on our stock list. To find out more about investing in Fettercairn casks, contact The Masters today!

Braeval Distillery Focus

Braeval Distillery Focus

Braeval Distillery is the sister distillery of Allt-a-Bhainne but is the much more attractive of the two on the eye. Even though they were both built at the same time the architectural styles couldn’t be more different. One is built in the post-war concrete style whilst Braeval is elegant and traditional with its white-washed buildings and tall pagoda roof.

Opened in 1973 by the famous Seagram group it was built with the intention of making high-quality fillings for their numerous blends. Interestingly the location was determined because Seagram believed that the famous Glenlivet Distillery (which their chairman Edgar Bronfman desperately wanted to buy), made great whisky because of its pure water source, so by building a distillery in the same valley then the stardust would in theory rub off on Braeval.

At the time it was even named Braes of Glenlivet to further link it with its illustrious neighbour. Moving into the 1980s blended Scotch whisky went into a sharp decline which caused many whisky companies to start closing distilleries. Around this time for example Brora, Rosebank, and Port Ellen all shut their doors. However, Seagram under the bold dynamic leadership of Edgar Bronfman bucked the trend and put all their distilleries (which by then did include The Glenlivet) into full-time production.

They had wagered that the Scotch Whisky Industry would turn around again and in the long term, they would put themselves in prime position by having an abundance of aged casks. This turned out to be correct. Braeval went from three pairs of stills to six with the capacity increased to 4.2 million litres.

From an investment perspective, Braeval is a very interesting proposition. It took until 2017 for the distillery to release any official Single Malt bottling, and even that was a Single Cask bottling of just a few hundred bottles. The following year limited edition 25, 27, and 30-year-old bottles were released for Travel Retail. These were very well received and showed just how good the liquid actually is. One suggestion because of the rarity factor is to test the water from time to time with our Auction Your Cask site. Set a high reserve and watch for the takers.

Personally, we’re big fans of the liquid. Older expressions were sweet and floral with a lovely complex finish and it’s such a shame this wonderful malt has been hidden away for most of its history. To conclude, Braeval Distillery makes great whisky. It also has illustrious owners in Chivas Brothers, and has the rarity factor in abundance. Assuming the price is right and the age of the cask suits then we would rate this a strong buy.

Fact File

Name: Braeval  

Founded: 1973 

Region: Speyside 

Owner: Pernod Ricard 

Capacity: 4.2m litres 

Stills: 6 

Fermentation: 70 Hours 

Peated/Unpeated: Unpeated 

Casks Used: Bourbon barrels and hogsheads 

Current Sales: N/A 

Recent significant awards: None entered 

Independent bottlings: Around 250 

Core Range: None 

We have a range of Braeval casks on our current stock list.
To find out more about investing in Braeval casks, contact The Masters today!

Speyside Distillery Focus

Speyside Distillery Focus

Nestled inside the magnificent Cairngorm National Park is the Speyside distillery. Opened in 1990 Speyside distillery didn’t show up on anybody’s radar until the new owners took over in 2012. Since then they have released some very exciting expressions. From a 12/18 and 27-year-old to 12-year-old peated cask and a 12-year-old port cask. However, what investors should certainly pay close attention to are their three cask strength versions. Tenne (Port finish), Trutina (Bourbon), and Fumare (Peated – Bourbon cask). These expressions will tell you how well this whisky ages in the cask.

Speyside Distillery

Recently we introduced an opportunity for investors to purchase what we called The Cask Trade Trilogy. This consists of three casks of Speyside new-make spirit aged in three different casks. To view Sir Colin Hampden-White and Phil Huckle taste indicative samples of the tasty trio click here. Speyside distillery really is producing some fantastic liquid!

The distillery is currently producing about 600,000 litres per year with a fermentation time of between 70-120 hours. We would describe their whisky as quite light in style but with a wonderful depth of flavour. Brand Executive Phil’s tasting notes when trying their bourbon cask talked of lots of floral, honey, citrus and grassy notes.

Branded SPEY Casks

From an investor’s point of view, not only is Speyside a rising star that is bound to surprise people in the future, but it is incredible value for money. Also, it is becoming increasingly popular in the all-important Asian market and right now is already very popular in Taiwan. We can’t recommend this distillery enough!

Fact File

Name: Speyside 

Founded: 1990 

Region: Speyside 

Owner: Speyside Distillers 

Capacity: 600,000 litres 

Stills: 2 

Fermentation: Varied 70-120 hours 

Peated/Unpeated: Unpeated 

Casks Used: Bourbon, sherry, port. 

Current Sales: N/A 

Recent significant awards: 2021 San Francisco World Spirit Awards – Gold Medal Spey Trutina, Silver Medal Spey Fumare. 

Independent bottlings: Around 150 

Core Range: Tenne NAS, Trutina NAS, Fumare NAS, 10, 12 Peated Cask, 12 Port Cask.

We have a range of Speyside casks on our current stock list. To find out more about investing in Speyside Distillery casks, contact The Masters today!