Address : Balmenach Distillery, Cromdale, Moray, PH26 3PF
Telephone No : 01479 872569
Web Site : No Stand Alone Web Site
Visitors Centre : No, visits may be possible by prior arrangement
Balmenach was one of the first distilleries to be granted a licence after the 1823 excise act, this means it was probably producing whisky at this site well before that date. The Distillery was founded by the McGregor family and was owned by them until around 1920 when they were forced to sell it due to financial circumstances. As a point of interest, one of the members of the McGregor family was Sir Compton MacKenzie, author of the famous "Whisky Galore". In 1962 the number of stills was increased from 4 to 6 and around 1968 the mash house was rebuilt. The Balmenach Distillery was mothballed in 1993 but reopened in 1998 when it was purchased by Inver House Ltd. Balmenach produces some great single malts and whisky for blends such as Hankey Bannister.
Hankey Bannister Blended Scotch Whisky 40%
Nose Quite light, yet rather punchy. There are notes of winter spice and black pepper with a touch of caramel.
Palate Quite fresh and crisp with medium-body. There are notes of buttery biscuit and toffee fudge with cereal sweetness and a creamy mouthfeel.
Finish Good length with a fudge sweetness.
Balmenach 11 Year Old 1998 - Provenance 46%
A Provenance bottling of Balmenach.
This was distilled in Spring of 1998 and aged for 11 years before bottling in the Winter of 2010.
Balmenach 1979 (Berry Brothers and Rudd) 56.30%
Distilled at Balmenach, (a distillery known for its spicy, malty whiskies) in 1979.
BBR bottled this as part of their Berry's Own Selection - a very prestigious range.
Balmenach 25 Year Old 1984 - Cask Strength Collection 51.80%
A single hogshead matured Balmenach (cask number 203), distilled on the 25th January 1984, aged for 25 years and bottled on the 15th September 2009.
A release of 159 individually numbered bottles, bottled by Signatory.