Region: Speyside, Scotland.
Owner: Inver House
Water source: Spring on the Cromdale Hills
Stills: 3x Wash 3x Spirit
Capacity: 2 million litres per annum
Balmenach Distillery was established in 1824 by James MacGregor, from a family of farmers and illicit distillers who resided in Tomintoul.
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.
Balmenach whisky reviews:
- Balmenach 10 Years Old 2005 Cask 11247 Provenance ~ 46% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Balmenach 10 Years Old 2005 Cask 11247 Provenance Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Balmenach Distillery Bottling: Douglas Laing, Provenance ABV: 46% Cost: £41.50 from Douglas Laing or £35.33 from Master of Malt What they say: Douglas Laing’s Provenance Single Malts are bottled exactly as the distiller intended – without colouring and without […]
- Balmenach 12 Years Old 2001 48.46 Exploding flower ~ 57.4% (SMWS) - Review: Balmenach 12 Years Old 2001 SMWS 48.46 Exploding flower Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Balmenach Distillery Bottling: SMWS Cask 48.53 ABV: 57.4% ABV Cost: £43.80 buy from SMWS Score: 83/100 What they say: Cask No. 48.46 The nose started with linoleum and green leaf, but slowly opened like a flower – vanilla sponge, […]
- Balmenach 12 Years Old 2001 48.53 Big boots fruity bruiser ~ 57.8% (SMWS) - Review: Balmenach 12 Years Old 2001 SMWS 48.53 Big boots fruity bruiser Balmenach Distillery via SMWS Cask 48.53 57.8% ABV £43.80 buy from SMWS Score: 84/100 What they say: Cask No. 48.53 On the nose the panel found a ripe fruitbowl of bursting with peach, cherry, tangerine and apple. Chunkier notes of perfume on leather, then […]
- Balmenach 30 Years Old 1979 – Berrys’ Own Selection ~ 56.3% (Berry Bros & Rudd) - Balmenach 30 Years Old 1979 – Berrys’ Own Selection (Berry Bros & Rudd) 56.3% ABV, £130 for 70cl Score: 89/100 What they say: Balmenach distillery can be found at Cromdale, one of the crossing points on the upper stretches of the river Spey. Akin to many Malt Whiskies, there is very little bottled as Single Malt, […]