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In the early 1800 three brothers crossed these hills from Tomintoul and set up a farm. One of these brothers was 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 UDV took the decision to mothball Balmenach, the distillery 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.

Distillery: Balmenach
Region: Speyside
Established: 1824
Status: Active
Proprietor: Pacific Spirits (Inver House Distillers)
Stills: 3 wash stills, 3 spirit stills
Capacity: 1,800,000 litres of alcohol per year
Open To Visitors: No

Contact: Balmenach Distillery
PH26 3PF
Water Source: Spring on the Cromdale Hills

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