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Ballindalloch is built by the Macpherson-Grant family, a family that has lived at the nearby Ballindalloch Castle since 1546. Guy Macpherson-Grant, 23. generation who still lives in the castle, has been the driving force behind the project. His great-grandfather, Sir George, was involved in the construction of Cragganmore Distillery and the family has been participated in the operation of the distillery since 1965.
Ballindalloch was build without external financing commitment to become Scotland´s first "single estate distillery".
Ballindalloch has hired Charlie Schmidt as Master Distiller and Colin Poppy as Distiller Assistant. Charlie has previously worked 32 years at Talisker, most recently as Distillery Manager. The whisky is crafted by skill and experience, nor by Computers, they say.
They are making "craft Whisky" using "Concerto" barley grown on the estate and water from the same land, only outsourcing yeast. They have a mash tun with cooperator, four wash back of Oregon larch and two small worm tubes stills with a wooden washshell and tube capacitors.
The distillery was officially opened by Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, at April 14, 2014.
The first alcohol was distilled at September 22, 2014 and filled into first fill and refill Bourbon and first fill Hogshead and Sherry Cask. The distillery currently has a capacity of 1000,000 liters alcohol per year and fills at the moment about 15 casks per week. The casks are stored in a traditional dunnage warehouse on the nearby from, Matypark.
Ballindalloch would like to bet on a Cragganmore / Mortlach style. They have planned to release the first Whisky within 8-10 years. The only opportunity to taste a younger Ballindalloch whisky until then, is to visit the distillery.
Ballindalloch distillery is open, by appointment only, for visits by groups of up to 6 guests. Visits are available from Monday to Friday and prices start from £35 per guest.