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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 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)
$44.87

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)
$72.17

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 3239) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.70%

26 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Balmenach, a distillery that was founded in 1824 but is probably better known for Caorunn gin (only produced since 2009) than whisky as it's all too rarely…  More info

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 3239) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$120.37

Balmenach 9 Year Old 2002 Advance Sample - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing) 20cl

20cl, 50%

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

Balmenach 9 Year Old 2002 Advance Sample - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing) 20cl
$22.53

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 9 Year Old 2000 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%

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

Balmenach 9 Year Old 2000 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

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 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)
$38.02

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)
$39.00

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)
$41.08

Inverarity Ancestral 14 Year Old

70cl, 40%

A 14 year old Speyside single malt, this was distilled at Balmenach and bottled as part of the Inverarity range.  More info

Inverarity Ancestral 14 Year Old
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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 9 Year Old 2002 (cask 8496) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

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

Balmenach 9 Year Old 2002 (cask 8496) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$45.35

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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$47.13

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 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)
$56.90

Balmenach 32 Year Old 1975 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

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

Balmenach 32 Year Old 1975 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1983 Cask 2410 (Bladnoch)

70cl, 52.80%

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…  More info

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1983 Cask 2410 (Bladnoch)

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

70cl, 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,…  More info

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

Balmenach 27 Year Old 1983 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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…  More info

Balmenach 27 Year Old 1983 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$101.15

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

70cl, 56.50%

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)
$109.50

Balmenach 23 Year Old 1988 (Adelphi)

70cl, 54.20%

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)
$114.26

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)
$114.86

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)
$118.86

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)
$118.86

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