Brackla Distillery

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General
Pronunciation royal ’brackla Pronunciation
Translation Speckled Hillslope or The Badger’s Set
Region Highlands / Speyside
Distiller John Dewar & Sons Ltd.
Owner John Dewar & Sons Ltd. (Bacardi-Martini)
Address Cawdor
Nairn
Inverness-shire
IV12 5QY
Scotland
Telephone +44 (0)1667 - 40 20 02
LatLong 57° 32’ 20.8” N   03° 54’ 18.3” W
Altitude 24 m
Grid Reference NH860514
Website
E-mail
Open to public Not open to public
Remarks

History
1812
Said to have been founded by Captain William Fraser of Brackla on the Cawdor Estate near Nairn
1817-18
Operating
1821-37
W. Fraser
1835
Royal Warrant granted by William IV as a token of his appreciation of the whisky
1839
William Fraser & Co.
1850s
Royal warrant renewed by Queen Victoria
1851
Operating
1852-67
Robert Fraser
1882-98
Robert Fraser & Co.
1898
Aberdeen wine and spirit merchants rebuilt the Distillery
1898
Reconstructed as the Brackla Distillery Co. Ltd.
....
Sold to John Mitchell & James Leict of Aberdeen
1926
Acquired by John Bisset & Co. Ltd., a blending firm Royal Brackla became a key ingredient in Bisset’s Finest Old and Gold Label
....
John Bisset & Co. Ltd., Aberdeen secured a feu charter
1943
John Bisset & Co. Ltd., Aberdeen sold the company to Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (SMD)
1964
Stills became steamheated
1965-66
Distillery renovated and new maltings were built
1970
Extended from two to four stills (1980 mentioned as well)
1985
Distillery closed
1990s
Owned by Diageo plc/United Distillers (UD)
1991
Distillery reopened
1992
Licensed to John Bisset & Co. Ltd.
1998
Sold to John Dewar’s & Sons Ltd. (owned by Bacardi) after merge United Distillers (UD) with International Distillers and Vintners (IDV)
1999
Owned by John Dewar’s & Sons Ltd.
2004
Owned by John Dewar’s & Sons Ltd.

Technical Specifications
General Water Source
for production from an underground spring named Cursack. In the old days from the Cawdor Burn. For cooling piped from the ground. Installed to supply an airfield that was on the estate in WWII
  Annual Output
  Finished Spirit (phenols)
  Blending Roles
mainly blending (Dewar's, Johnnie Walker Gold Label, Bisset's Finest Old)
Malt Malt Source
  Malt Type
  Malt Specification (phenols)
  Own Malting Floor
  Malt Storage
Mill
  Grist Storage
Mashing Mash Tun
  Mash Size
  First Water
  Second Water
  Third Water
  Fourth Water
Fermentation Washbacks 6 made of Oregon Pine
  Washback Charge
  Yeast
  Amount of Yeast
  Length of Fermentation
  Initial Fermentation Temp.
  Strength of Wash
Distillation Wash Stills 2
  Wash Still Built
  Wash Still Charge
  Heat Source steamheated
  Wash Still Height
  Lyne Arm
  Low Wines Run
  Low Wines Collection Range
  Spirit Stills
2
  Spirit Still Built
  Spirit Still Charge
  Strength of Spirit Still Charge
  Heat Source steamheated
  Spirit Still Height
  Lyne Arm
  Coolers
  Foreshot Run
  Spirit Run
  Feints Run
  Spirit Cut
  Distilling Strength
Storage Storage Strength
  Average Spirit Yield
  Disposal of Pot Ale/Spent Lees
  Type of Casks sherry, refill
  Warehouses
  Vatting and Bottling Location



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