Balmenach Speyside Whisky Distillery
Originally named Balminoch by James McGregor in 1824 this relatively unknown distillery produces whisky for the giant of them all Johnnie Walker Whisky. Although this is its largest claim to fame, the location is in the area where Jacobite soldiers were ambushed by the English and ended the Jacobite rebellion in the Highlands.
The family McGregor’s were a well-known family of smugglers from Cromdale, Scotland. It was no coincidence the Distillery became official after the excise act of 1823. The distillery didn’t change hands until 1922 and had a few owners before Inver House Brewers took ownership in 1988. Balmenach is now owned by Diageo. In the 1980’s Balmenach distillery started to use the French invention the Saladin Box which made the malting process much more economical. This has now been adopted at most Speyside distilleries.
Taste: Many report a hint of orange and sweet taste then an aftertaste of pepper and a dry mouth.
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