Balmenach Distillery

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General
Pronunciation bal’mennich Pronunciation
Translation
Region Highlands / Speyside
Distiller Blarmore Distillers
Owner Inver House Distillers Ltd.
Address Cromdale
Grantown-on-Spey
Morayshire
PH26 3PF
Scotland
Telephone +44 (0)1479 - 87 25 69
+44 (0)1479 - 87 38 29 (Fax)
LatLong 57° 19’ 30.9” N   03° 31’ 56.3” W
Altitude 228 m
Grid Reference NJ078271
Website www.inverhouse.com
E-mail dennis_malcolm@inverhouse.com
enquiries@inverhouse.com
Open to public Not open to public
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History
1823
James Macgregor received a visit on his farm, on which he kept an illicit Still, from the local exciseman, who was suspicious about seeing a building with a mill-wheel and a lade. Asked what is was James told him that it was a peat shed. After receiving generous hospitality upon leaving James got the gentle advice to take out a license for his peat shed
1824
Said to have been founded by James McGregor
1824-Aug-18
A ledger entry recorded the sale of ”10 gallons of aqua 11 over-proof”, at 9 shillings per gallon duty-paid, to William Milne, of Broad Street, Aberdeen
1825-67
James McGregor licensee
1878-82
James Macgregor died and was succeeded by his brother, John MacGregor, who was summoned home from New Zealand
1879
During the great storm that blew down the railway bridge across the River Tay, the Distillery chimney collapsed and a fire was fighted by a Stillman by opening the Discharge Cocks preventing the fire from spreading
1896
John McGregor & Son
1897
Balmenach-Glenlivet Distillery Ltd. was formed and the distillery was linked to the station at Cromdale by a private railway
1920
Company reconstructed
1923-24
Owners Peter Dawson Ltd.
1930
All shares bought by Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (SMD)
1941
Distillery closed and used as a billet for the Royal Corps of Signals
1947
Distillery reopened
1962
Extended from four to six stills. Licensed to John Crabbie & Co. Ltd., Leith. Saladin maltings and dark-grain plant
1968
Mash House renovated
1971
Stills became steamheated
1992
Licensed to United Malt & Grain Distillers Ltd. (UMGD)
1993
Announced by United Distillers (UD) that distillery will be mothballed which was done that year
1997
Sold to Inver House Distillers Ltd.

Technical Specifications
General Water Source
for production from the Cromdale Burn (water from the Hills of Cromdale), for cooling from the Aultchuirn Burn
  Annual Output
  Finished Spirit (phenols)
  Blending Roles
Malt Malt Source
  Malt Type
  Malt Specification (phenols)
  Own Malting Floor
  Malt Storage
Mill
  Grist Storage
Mashing Mash Tun
  Mash Size
  First Water
  Second Water
  Third Water
  Fourth Water
Fermentation Washbacks 6 made of Oregon Pine
  Washback Charge
  Yeast
  Amount of Yeast
  Length of Fermentation
  Initial Fermentation Temp.
  Strength of Wash
Distillation Wash Stills 3
  Wash Still Built
  Wash Still Charge
  Heat Source steamheated
  Wash Still Height
  Lyne Arm
  Low Wines Run
  Low Wines Collection Range
  Spirit Stills
3
  Spirit Still Built
  Spirit Still Charge
  Strength of Spirit Still Charge
  Heat Source steamheated
  Spirit Still Height
  Lyne Arm
  Coolers wormtubs
  Foreshot Run
  Spirit Run
  Feints Run
  Spirit Cut
  Distilling Strength
Storage Storage Strength
  Average Spirit Yield
  Disposal of Pot Ale/Spent Lees
  Type of Casks refill
  Warehouses
  Vatting and Bottling Location

Staff

Distillery Manager
Dennis Malcolm

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