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Balmenach Distillery



The distillery has a fascinating history that dates back to 1824 when James MacGregor obtained a license to produce whisky on a farm, following a period of illicit production. The story goes that MacGregor obtained the license after a local gauger visited and asked about a specific farm building, which MacGregor claimed was a peat shed. The gauger suggested he obtain a license for it, and he did. Bruce Lockhart, who was related to the MacGregors, wrote a highly recommended book called "Scotch," which provides details about old-style distillation methods used in Cromdale. The distillery has changed hands over the years and was briefly mothballed between 1993 and 1997 before being sold to its current owner, Inver House. In addition to producing high-quality whisky using traditional methods, Inver House also produces Caorunn Gin on-site. 


The distillery has increased its focus on sustainable practices, such as using renewable energy sources and minimizing waste. Inver House's ownership has brought new ideas and investments to the distillery, helping to modernize its operations while still maintaining the traditional methods that have made the distillery famous.

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