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Balmenach distillery

Coordinates: 57°19′36.15″N 3°32′2.07″W / 57.3267083°N 3.5339083°W / 57.3267083; -3.5339083
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Balmenach distillery
Region: Speyside
OwnerInver House Distillers
Water sourceSpring on the Cromdale Hills
No. of stills3 wash stills, 3 spirit stills[1]
Capacity2,000,000 litres of alcohol

57°19′36.15″N 3°32′2.07″W / 57.3267083°N 3.5339083°W / 57.3267083; -3.5339083 Balmenach distillery was established in 1824 by James McGregor, from a family of farmers and illicit distillers who resided in Tomintoul.


Situated in the district of Cromdale on the banks of the River Spey the distillery stands in beneath the nearby hill of Tom Lethendry where the Jacobites were defeated in the Battle of Cromdale in 1690.

Balmenach Distillery is one of the earliest distilleries sanctioned as a result of the Excise Act 1823. In 1897 the distillery was purchased by Glenlivet[2] and was served by its own railway branch off the Strathspey Railway until 1969. The distillery closed in 1941 and re-opened in 1947, following expansion of its facilities.[2]

The Distillery is owned by Inver House Distillers Limited, a privately owned distiller whose other distilleries include: Speyburn-Glenlivet Distillery; Knockdhu Distillery; Balblair Distillery; and, Old Pulteney Distillery.

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  1. ^ "Balmenach Distillery - Whisky.com". 21 August 2016. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b Atterbury, Paul (2009). All Change! Basingstoke : AA Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7495-5785-0. p. 240.

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