Although Balmenach Distillery was established
in 1824, it has been available as a single malt, in official
bottlings, only since 1991. It is located between Grantown-on-Spey
and Bridge of Avon. It was closed during Wor ld War I and
was utilized as a barracks for the Royal Corps of Signals
during World War II. An interesting story has been handed
down that shortly after the 1823 Excise Act passed, an excise
officer visited farmer James McGregor's farm (present site
of the Balmenach Distillery) and was given the usual Scottish
hospitality, including several drams of his best illicit whisky.
When asked by the excise officer what the structure with the
mill-wheel was, McGregor informed him that it was a "peat
shed." After several more drams, and as the office prepared
to leave, he suggested to farmer McGregor that he "obtain
a license for the peat shed." The astute farmer McGregor did
12 year old
||Full, with sherry,
honey and floral notes.
||Medium to full.
with honey and some spicy notes.
||Long, round and