Ballindalloch distillery

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ballindalloch's new make is best described as robust and fruity, although without any mature spirit the finished whisky will no doubt develop additional characteristics as its life in a combination of first and refill barrels, first and refill hogsheads and first fill Sherry butts takes hold.

  • Region
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status

Ballindalloch History

While Ballindalloch is one of Scotland’s newest whisky distilleries, and perhaps one of the prettiest, its story runs as far back as the 16th century. Built within the grounds of Ballindalloch Castle on the banks of the River Avon, the distillery marks the return of the Macpherson-Grant family to the distilling industry.

The castle itself was built in 1546 and has been home to the Macpherson-Grants ever since, but it was just up the road at Cragganmore that the family first invested in Scotch. Sir George Macpherson-Grant leased part of the Ballindalloch estate to distiller John Smith to build Cragganmore Distillery in 1869. After Smith died in 1923 the family became joint owners of the distillery with White Horse Distillers.

The Macpherson-Grants remained involved with Cragganmore for the best part of the 20th century, eventually selling their stake in the distillery to DCL in 1965. It took the family almost 50 years to return to whisky once more.

Come 2011, Guy Macpherson-Grant, 23rd generation of his family and current occupier of Ballindalloch Castle, began construction of a malt whisky distillery in a 19th century farm steading, making it Scotland’s only whisky distillery to operate within a castle’s grounds.

Hailing itself as 'Scotland’s first single estate distillery', Ballindalloch uses barley harvested from its own fields and feeds its award-winning Aberdeen Angus cattle on the draff. Production officially began in late 2014, although the distillery was officially opened by a visit from the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay (Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall) in 2015. 

The Macpherson-Grants have committed to waiting at least eight years before bottling any of Ballindalloch’s whisky, although visitors to the site will be able to sample some of the family’s private casks from Cragganmore.


  • 1546 Ballindalloch Castle is built on the bank of the Avon River in Banffshire
  • 1869 Sir George Macpherson-Grant leases part of the Ballindalloch estate to distiller John Smith to build Cragganmore Distillery
  • 1965 The Macpherson-Grant family sell their stake in Cragganmore to DCL
  • 2011 Construction work begins to transform a 19th century farm steading into a distillery
  • 2014 Ballindalloch Distillery begins production, bringing distilling back to the Macpherson-Grant family for the first time in 58 years
  • 2015 The distillery and visitors’ centre is officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay

Ballindalloch Facts

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    Worm tub
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    Min 60 hrs
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  • Mash Tun Type i
    Semi Lauter
  • New-make Strength i
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  • Wash Still Shape i
    Lamp glass
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Current owner


Ballindalloch Distillery
AB37 9AA
United Kingdom
+44 1807 500331
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See also

  • Ballindalloch Distillery LLP Ballindalloch Distillery LLP Ballindalloch Distillery LLP Distiller

    Ballindalloch Distillery LLP

    Company established to oversee the build and operation of Ballindalloch distillery in Banffshire.

  • Cragganmore Cragganmore Cragganmore Distillery & brand


    Cragganmore is noted for its complexity.

  • Glenfarclas Glenfarclas Glenfarclas Distillery & brand


    One of the oldest distilleries in Speyside and one that still uses direct fire to heat its stills.

  • Tomintoul Tomintoul Tomintoul Distillery & brand


    Named after Scotland’s highest village.

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