Old Ballantruan Profile

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Old Ballantruan is the name for the heavily peated malt produced at Ballindalloch’s Tomintoul distillery. A rare smoky dram among Speyside single malts, with zesty citrus and malty notes, Old Ballantruan is available in no-age-statement and 10-year-old expressions, both of which are bottled without chill filtration and at 50% abv.

The name comes from the old settlement of Ballantruan which is on the west side of Tomintoul Distillery.

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    Single malt
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Old Ballantruan History

Tomintoul distillery was one of a slew of malt plants built across Scotland during the 1960s. Founded in Ballindalloch in 1965 by Hay & MacLeod and W&S Strong, Tomintoul became part of blending house Whyte & Mackay by 1973 and eventually became the first distillery acquired by Angus Dundee Distillers in 2000.

While Tomintoul’s mature whisky is released as a single malt under its own name as well as sold as a filling for blends, a peated variant named Old Ballantruan was introduced in 2005. The smoky brand first appeared as a NAS bottling, which was followed by a 10-year-old expression in 2012.


  • 1965 Tomintoul distillery is built by Hay & MacLeod and W&S Strong
  • 1973 The distillery is sold to Whyte & Mackay, which uses the malt as a filling for its blends
  • 2000 Tomintoul distillery is sold to Angus Dundee Distillers
  • 2005 Angus Dundee launches Old Ballantruan, a peated malt produced at Tomintoul
  • 2012 A 10-year-old Old Ballantruan is introduced


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Tomintoul Distillery
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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.

  • Ballindalloch Ballindalloch Ballindalloch Distillery


    Hailed as Scotland’s first single estate distillery, and the first within a castle’s grounds.

  • 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.

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