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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 Whisky Distillery

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About Balmenach Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01479 872569

Distillery Capacity

1 800 000 litres

Distillery Founded


Distillery Status


Distillery Address

Balmenach, Cromdale, Moray

Distillery Owner

Inver House Distillers (Thai Beverages plc)

Distillery Website


The distillery is licensed to James MacGregor who operated a small farm distillery by the name Balminoch for decades.


Balmenach Glenlivet Distillery Company is founded.


The MacGregor family sells to a consortium consisting of MacDonald Green, Peter Dawson and James Watson.


The consortium becomes part of Distillers Company Limited (DCL).


Production is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).


The distillery closes.


The distillery reopens.


The number of stills is increased to six.


Floor maltings is replaced by Saladin box.


The first official bottling is a 12 year old.


The distillery is mothballed in May.


Inver House Distillers buys Balmenach from United Distillers.


Production recommences.


Thai company Pacific Spirits (part of Great Oriole Group) takes over Inver House at the price of £56 million. The new owners launch a 27 and a 28 year old.


To commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee a limited edition of 800 bottles of 25-year old Balmenach is launched.


International Beverage Holdings acquires Pacific Spirits UK.

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A 9 year old from Balmenach, distilled in November 2002 and aged in refill hogshead 8555 before bottling in May 2012. Un-chillfiltered and at 50%abv from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.  More info
A refill sherry hogshead matured Balmenach. This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail after 16 years of age.  More info
9 year old Balmenach, distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2010 for Duncan Taylor's NC2 range of non chillfiltered, non caramel coloured whisky.  More info
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
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
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
A 14 year old Speyside single malt, this was distilled at Balmenach and bottled as part of the Inverarity range.  More info
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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
A handsome 9 year old Balmenach distilled in the Winter of 2002 and aged in a single refill hogshead before bottling in the Spring of 2012. This comes from Douglas Laing's stellar Provenance range...  More info
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
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
A 32 year old bottling from the Balmenach distillery in Speyside. This 1975 'vintage' was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range of single malt whiskies.  More info
A 26 year old Balmenach, bottled for the Bladnoch Forum. This was distilled in 1986 and it was aged in Bourbon hogshead number 2410 before bottling on the 12th July 2010 as a release of 201 bottles at...  More info
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
This Balmenach packs a whopping twenty-seven years of aging in a refill hogshead cask. Balmenach is a distillery that rarely gets the attention it deserves, thankfully Douglas Laing have given it some...  More info
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
This Adelphi Balmenach was distilled in 1988 and bottled in 2012 from a refill bourbon hogshead which produced 170 bottles.  More info
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
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
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
Distilled in 1979, this is a rich, cask-strength Speyside whisky from Berry's Own Selection - a prestigious range from top wine merchants Berry Brothers and Rudd. It's a single cask Balmenach which...  More info
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
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