The distillery is now owned by Inver House, prior to which it belonged to Diageo, who released it as a single malt under their then discontinued (and now rejuvenated) Flora and Fauna range. Inver House have no plans to release Balmenach as a single malt, making the remaining bottles previously released by Diageo more desirable. Fortunately for fans of classic Speyside flavours, this distinctive single malt can, very occasionally, be found as an independent bottling.
The distillery is also the home to Caorunn Gin.
The name Balmenach comes from the Gaelic "Am Baile Meadhnach" which translates to "the middle farm."
Most of the whisky produced at Balmenach is used to various blended malts, including Johnnie Walker.
Balmenach was officially founded by James McGregor in 1824. However, whisky production had been occurring on the site for years prior as McGregor came from a family of illicit distillers. The distillery switched hands a couple of times, and is currently owned by Inver House Distilleries.
Balmenach is known for flavours of...