Balmenach Distillery is nestled at the bottom of the Haughs of Cromdale in the Spey Valley. It was in these hills on the last day of April 1690 that an army of Jacobite soldiers were ambushed by Dragoon guards. As the Jacobite forces were ambushed during their sleep many were slain and the remaining fled nearly naked; this defeat effectively ended the Jacobite rising in the Highlands. In the early 1800's three brothers crossed these hills from Tomintoul and set up a farm. One of these brothers was a James McGregor who also set up an illicit still on the site. Shortly after the Licensing Act was introduced, James McGregor obtained a license for his distillery formally establishing it in 1824. The distillery was owned and operated by the McGregor family until it was sold in 1922 to a company that would become DCL. In 1993 they took the decision to mothball Balmenach it lay silent until 1998 when Inver House Distillers bought the distillery making it the company's fifth and largest distillery. The first distillate of Balmenach for 5 years was then produced in March that year and stored in casks in one of the three dunnage warehouses on the site. In common with Inver House Distillers' other plants the traditional machinery and methods are still used to this day. This includes a cast iron mash tun mashing slightly more than 8 tonnes every 7.5 hours. The wash is fermented in six Douglas Fir washbacks for a minimum of 50 hours before it is sent to the stillhouse for distillation.
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