2011 Berry Bros. & Rudd Balmenach, Cask Ref. 120, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (54.8%)

2011 Berry Bros. & Rudd Balmenach, Cask Ref. 120, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (54.8%)

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2011 Berry Bros. & Rudd Balmenach, Cask Ref. 120, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (54.8%)

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Description

At first sniff, zesty and grassy notes rise out the glass followed by vibrant green fruits and orange. The palate is wonderfully citrusy, with tangy Granny Smith apples and a pleasing dollop of spirit sulphur. The finish brings grilled lime, barley sweets and a touch of hay. This is a thoroughly pleasing, distillate driven dram.

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Balmenach Distillery

Balmenach Distillery

Balmenach Distillery is nestled in the Spey Valley at the bottom of the Haughs of Cromdale. It was in these hills on the last day of April 1690 that dragoon guards ambushed an army of Jacobite soldiers, and this defeat effectively ended the Jacobite rising in the Highlands.

The distillery was established in the early 1800s by the McGregor family, and it changed hands in 1922 when it became part of a company that would become Distillers Company Limited (DCL). In 1993, the distillery was mothballed until 1998, when Inver House Distillers bought it. In 2001, Thai company Pacific Spirits took over Inver House, and in 2006, International Beverage Holdings acquired the UK arm, including Balmenach.

The signature style is full-bodied, robust, herbal, savoury (ginger, oranges, pepper) with hints of smoke. In the last couple of years, sustainability has been a key focus, with efforts to reduce the distillery's carbon footprint. Investments include an anaerobic digestion plant to break down waste from the production process and a wood-pellet biomass boiler, which generates steam for the distillery. Official Balmenach bottlings are rare, though the whisky is also released under Deerstalker.

(Adapted from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2024)

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Speyside Whisky

Speyside Whisky

To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.

Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.

Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.

The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’. 

Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.

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