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Balmenach

Founded in 1824, by James McGregor under the name Balminoch, the distillery lies in Cromdale, in the heart of whisky country in Speyside. The McGregors were a line of smugglers, of which Cromdale was rife. The Balminoch distillery had previously been a family-run farm distillery, but after the Excise Act of 1823, became one of the first legally run distilleries. The name derives from the Gaelic 'Am Baile Meadhnach' meaning 'the middle farm'.

The distillery remained in McGregor family hands for some time and in 1987 it was renamed the Balmenach Glenlivet Distillery Company. The distillery was sold in 1922 and subsequently became part of Distillers Company Limited in 1925 before it was acquired, in 1930, by Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD). The distillery employed an innovative nineteenth century French invention called a Saladin Box, a device which dramatically economised the malting process.

During the 1980s, SMD employed the Saladin Box at Balmenach to supply the majority of their Speyside-based distilleries with malted barley. In 1992, the first - and, thus far, only - official house bottling was released in the form of Balmenach Twelve year-old. There have been independent bottlings from companies including Gordon and MacPhail and Deerstalker and the spirit is also used in several premium blends, one such blend being Johnnie Walker.

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11247) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Rarely seen as a single malt, this independent bottling of Balmenach comes from Douglas Laing. Distilled in November 2005, it spent 10 years in a single refill hogshead before being bottled in May…  More info

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11247) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$41.81

Balmenach 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 800437) - The Single Cask

70cl, 50%

A 12 year old Balmenach, independently bottled by The Single Cask (who also have their own whisky bar in Singapore!) with an outturn of 107 bottles.  More info

Balmenach 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 800437) - The Single Cask
$72.07

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

14 year old single malt from Balmenach, a distillery that you don't see an awful not of single malt from, as much of it goes into blends. However, indie bottlers like the Hunter Laing chaps do…  More info

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$63.46

Balmenach 2008 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

A 2008 vintage Balmenach single malt, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2016 as part of their long-running Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Balmenach 2008 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$36.00

Balmenach 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 3234) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.3%

An independently bottled Balmenach single malt, aged for 27 years in a single hogshead cask. Said hoggie was filled in October 1988 and opened in 2016 by the chaps from Signatory for their Cask…  More info

Balmenach 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 3234) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$108.80

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 9864) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

This is a Douglas Laing Provenance bottling of Balmenach single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a refill hogshead for 10 years. It was distilled in the autumn of 2002 and bottled in the…  More info

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 9864) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
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Balmenach 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 10721) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Single cask, 10 year old Balmenach single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled as part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range. As per the Provenance range's theme, Douglas Laing has given us…  More info

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 10721) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11000) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Balmenach distillery, distilled in March 2005 and bottled in November 2015. It was matured in a single refill hogshead and bottled at 46% ABV. You don't…  More info

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11000) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Balmenach 11 Year Old 1998 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 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. The curious thing is, at the time of writing, it's Summer 2010.…  More info

Balmenach 11 Year Old 1998 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Balmenach 12 Year Old 2001 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

You don't see all that much Balmenach single malt these days, apart from wonderful independent bottlings like this 12 year old Hepburn's Choice bottling. It was drawn from one hogshead and produced…  More info

Balmenach 12 Year Old 2001 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$50.03

Balmenach 17 Year Old 1998 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.1%

Released as part of Gleann Mór's A Rare Find range of independently bottled whiskies, this is a 17 year old Balmenach single malt which was drawn from a single cask! Said cask was filled in December…  More info

Balmenach 17 Year Old 1998 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$62.46

Balmenach 1979 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 56.3%

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.  More info

Balmenach 1979 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$162.10

Balmenach 1979 - Jewels of Speyside (Lombard)

70cl, 50%

The third of a trio of Balmanach single malts bottled by Lombard that arrived with us at the same time - this one is a 1979 vintage bottled in 2000, but this time without an age statement (they all…  More info

Balmenach 1979 - Jewels of Speyside (Lombard)

Balmenach 1990 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A sherry butt matured Balmenach from Gordon and MacPhail's acclaimed Connoisseurs Choice range. This was distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2008.  More info

Balmenach 1990 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Balmenach 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A 17 year old bottling from the Balmenach distillery, a truly superb, sherried Speysider, this 1991 vintage exudes farmy freshness, feint notes and a cereal sweetness with excellent balance…  More info

Balmenach 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Balmenach 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A refill sherry hogshead matured Balmenach. This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail after 16 years of age.  More info

Balmenach 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Balmenach 1999 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

This whisky is from the Speyside distillery of Balmenach and was distilled in 1999 and bottled in 2011 by Gordon & Macphail of Elgin.  More info

Balmenach 1999 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Balmenach 2004 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

This comes from Gordon and MacPhail's famous Connoisseurs Choice range, now at the higher bottling strength of 46%abv. It was distilled at the Balmenach distillery in 2004, and was matured in sherry…  More info

Balmenach 2004 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Balmenach 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

Independently bottled Balmenach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in refill Sherry hogsheads and refill Sherry butts from 2006 to 2014. It was bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range by…  More info

Balmenach 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$40.57

Balmenach 21 Year Old - Jewels of Scotland (Lombard)

70cl, 50%

One of a trio of Balmenachs we simultaneously received from Lombard's Jewels of Scotland range here, this one being another heather fudge treat of a 21 year old Speysider, but this time without a…  More info

Balmenach 21 Year Old - Jewels of Scotland (Lombard)

Balmenach 21 Year Old 1979 - Jewels of Scotland (Lombard)

70cl, 50%

Another Jewel of Scotland here, courtesy of Lombard. A 21 year old Balmenach distilled in 1979, it has notes of slightly burnt raisin fudge and a creamy nuttiness. Thick, delicious Speyside single…  More info

Balmenach 21 Year Old 1979 - Jewels of Scotland (Lombard)

Balmenach 23 Year Old 1988 (Adelphi)

70cl, 54.2%

This Adelphi Balmenach was distilled in 1988 and bottled in 2012 from a refill bourbon hogshead which produced 170 bottles.  More info

Balmenach 23 Year Old 1988 (Adelphi)
$100.47

Balmenach 25 Year Old 1984 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.8%

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,…  More info

Balmenach 25 Year Old 1984 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Balmenach 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 2797) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.5%

Bottled for their Cask Strength Collection, this is an independent bottling by Signatory. The whisky comes from the Balmenach distillery, which is known for being a major component of the popular…  More info

Balmenach 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 2797) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Balmenach 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 2819) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.3%

From Signatory's Cask Strength Collection comes a 25 year old Balmenach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single hogshead. It was distilled in October 1988 and bottled in August 2014 with an…  More info

Balmenach 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 2819) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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