Balmenach

The distillery was founded by James MacGregor in 1924. At the beginning it was a small farmers distillery with the aim of preserving their barley in the form of whisky. In 1897 the distillery was bought by Glenlivet Ltd. In 1930 the owner changed again and now it belonged to Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd.

Information about the Distillery
46 Bottles
Scotland, Speyside
-3.219744 57.545520
Active
Inver House Distillers Ltd
1824
1,800,000 l
Average tasting notes Tasting Notes
Calculated from 10 Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Fruit:
Sherry:
Sweet:
Lemon:
Vanilla:
Malt:
Oak:
Peat Smoke:
Orange:
Floral:
Anise:
Herbs:
Zitrus:
Tasting
Fruit:
Sweet:
Sherry:
Nuts:
Oak:
Spices:
Oil:
Herbs:
Peat Smoke:
Raisin:
Floral:
Honey:
Anise:
Zitrus:
Dried Fruit:
Vanilla:
Plum:
Banana:
Orange:
Caramel:
Hazelnut:
Pear:
Finish
Nuts:
Oak:
Sherry:
Spices:
Peat Smoke:
Floral:
Oil:
Herbs:
Details about the Distillery

The Whisky

The whiskies of Balmenach are rather fruity and not peated, which is very typical for a Speyside distillery. But there have only been very few distillery bottlings. The major part of the bottling is done by independent bottlers like Gordon and MacPhail or Douglas Laing.

The Production

The Distillery is capable of producing 1.8 million litres of spirit per year. The water comes from different water sources from the Cromdale Hills.

View on the distillery from the street.
View of the Balmenach Distillery

The Pot Stills

Balmenach has three wash stills and three spirit stills. All of them are built in a row and are very beautiful to look at. All the stills have a reflux bowl and the neck of the still is very high. The lyne arm is falling after the bend. The height and the reflux bowl allow the spirits to separate very well and create the smooth Balmenach distillery character. Balmenach is one of the very few distilleries left in Scotland which still prform a triple distillation.

The Maltings

The malt of the Balmenach distillery is always unpeated. There are old malting floors, but they have been closed since 1962.

The Warehouse

Balmenach likes to use a lot of sherry casks. Most of them are hogsheads or the normal Sherry butt.

History

The distillery was founded by James MacGregor in 1924. At the beginning it was a small farmers distillery with the aim of preserving their barley in the form of whisky. In 1897 the distillery was bought by Glenlivet Ltd. In 1930 the owner changed again and now it belonged to Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. In 1962 the production was increased and another two stills were set up.

After the first official distillery bottling was issued in 1991 the distillery closed in 1993. Then in 1997 the Inver House distillery bought Balmenach and started production again in 1998.

The Visitor Centre

There is no visitor centre at the distillery, but you can call the distillery and make arrangements.

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