• Founded: 1824
  • Status: Operational
  • Region: Speyside, Scotland – Cromdale, Moray PH26 3PF +44(0)1479 872569
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History Situated in the district of Cromdale on the banks of the River Spey the distillery stands in beneath the nearby hill of Tom Lethendry where the Jacobites were defeated in the Battle of Cromdale in 1690. Balmenach Distillery is one of the earliest distilleries sanctioned as a result of the Excise Act 1823. In 1897 the distillery was purchased by Glenlivet and was served by its own railway branch off the Strathspey Railway until 1969. The distillery closed in 1941 and re-opened in 1947, following expansion of its facilities.

The Whiskyphiles tasting notes

Official Bottling
Independent Bottling
Berry Bros & Rudd
Douglas Laing
  • balmenach-10-year-old-2005-cask-11247-provenance-douglas-laing-whisky Balmenach 10 Years Old 2005 Provenance (2017) - Balmenach 10 Years Old 2005 Provenance (46%, Douglas Laing, Refill HH #11247, 2016) Whisky review Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Balmenach Distillery Bottling: Douglas Laing, Provenance ABV: 46% Cost: £41.50 […]
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
  • SMWS 48.46 Exploding flower (2015) - A dram full of interesting and quite complex flavours, this one borders on the line between fruit and flowery with a hint creeping in of fabric softener or similar. Saved at the end by an intensity of spice and oak wood, making it very moreish. 83/100
  • SMWS 48.53 Big boots fruity bruiser (2015) - A young and pretty straightforward dram, not much 'distillery character' in here but plenty of pleasant fruity flavours. A great example of the sort of single-cask standard age and maturation type whisky that SMWS offer even from relatively unheard of distilleries. 84/100