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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
The views expressed here are entirely my own, unless otherwise stated.

Thursday, 16 August 2012


Balmenach is one of those Speyside whiskies that rarely makes a fuss about themselves.

Owned by Inver House Distillers along with Pulteney, Speyburn, Knockdhu and Balblair, the Balmenach distillery is exiting place to visit... especially their wormtubs on the distillery roof is an impressive sight. The Balmenach spirit is a medium heavy one with -some say- a distinct natural sulphury style, much like e.g. Mortlach... a trait that is said to come from the use of wormtubs for cooling the spirit.

Much of the Balmenach malt goes away for blending but some is also bottled as 'The Deerstalker'-malt, but in general the Balmenach is rarely seen as a single malt... and when it is, its usually bottled by an independent bottler.

At the distillery, they also produce the 'Caorunn'-gin made from 11 different botanicals.
Its dry in style and makes for a very refreshing drink, either on its own over a ice or with tonic...

A final note before I review the Balmenach if you want to visit the Balmenach Distillery.
Its not normally open to the public, but if you come at times like around the Spirit of Speyside Spring Festival in the beginning of May each year, you might be able to get in... but do call ahead !

Let's try the whisky:

Balmenach 1977 29.07.1977/03.12.2009 'Flying Pigs' 1st fill Oloroso sherry butt#4493, 270 bottles for Juuls Vin & Spiritus Copenhagen by Gordon & MacPhail, 'Spirit of Scotland'-label

Colour: Dark oloroso

Dry dark oloroso as only dark old sherry casks from that era can provide.
Coffee cream liqueur, Dark Cocoa, Amaretto and cake creme sticks, burnt figs with vanilla creme

Burnt chocolate cake, hard roasted coffee beans, chocolate orange sticks, huge on marinated dark fruits. Dates and figs flambé ...more orange notes with time, getting more like old rum too.

Fans of dark sherry whisky will go into orbit with this one...

A great old malt from a not so well known Speyside distillery - love this style...



  1. but the price is just insane! :(

  2. Atanas, I think the original price was about 1/3 of that when it first came out... supply/demand and with that an increase in price strikes again...