2005 Cadenheads Small Batch 175th Anniversary Balmenach Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

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2005 Cadenheads Small Batch 175th Anniversary Balmenach Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
$150.00 Bottle
  • ABV 55.4%

Highly unusual, in fact only the third Balmenach to hit our shelves in twenty years.
This was distilled in 2005, matured in two Bourbon hogsheads and bottled in 2017 with an outturn of 576 bottles for the Small Batch range. It sports the 175th Anniversary packaging and comes with a metal hang tag to further note the milestone.

Situated in the district of Cromdale on the banks of the River Spey, the Balmenach distillery stands beneath the nearby hill of Tom Lethendry where the Jacobites were defeated in the Battle of Cromdale in 1690. It is one of the earliest distilleries sanctioned as a result of the Excise Act 1823. In 1897 Balmenach was purchased by Glenlivet and was served by its own railway branch off the Strathspey Railway until 1969. The distillery closed in 1941 and re-opened in 1947 following the expansion of its facilities. Presently owned by Inver House Distillers, who also use the operation to create their premium gin, "Caorunn".

Unpeated malt is sourced from independent maltsters with maturation taking place mainly in refill US hogsheads and some Spanish oak. The house style tends towards a vegetal, oily, full bodied dram. Balmenach is not currently bottled by its present custodians and has only rarely found its way into independent releases such as this from Cadenheads. Expect flavours of custard cream, grassy notes with hints of kiwi, lime and eucalyptus. 55.4% Alc./Vol.