The Oak Tree Inn Launches Special Balmaha Whisky
The Loch Lomond-side village of Balmaha now has its very own whisky, thanks to owner Sandy Fraser of The Oak Tree Inn.
Sandy Fraser has fulfilled a personal ambition to create an amazing whisky product for Balmaha, which was launched on Friday 26th June 2015.
In addition to building, launching and operating the multi-award winning Oak Tree Inn Sandy has also run his own electrical company, Fraser Electrical in Balmaha for over 30 years.
In that time Sandy has worked on electrical projects for some of Scotland’s leading distilleries, including Deanston, Tobermory and Bunnahabhain. Having spent time in distilleries Sandy has often thought about creating a whisky product for Balmaha.
Recently Sandy teamed up with master blender Ian MacMillan from Burn Stewart Distillers to create something special. The result is a 57.1% Cask Strength whisky, which Ian, having spent a lifetime working in whisky, agrees is the best he has ever tasted.
Although a new product for Balmaha, this part of Loch Lomond has a rich history of whisky production. The new Balmaha Whisky packaging features photographs of a distillery in the village, circa 1865, a period which witnessed a string of illegal distilleries on Loch Lomond’s islands. On this occasion, though, customers can be assured it's legal!
There are just 270 bottles of Balmaha whisky and they are sure to sell fast.
Bottles can be purchased for £105 at The Oak Tree Inn and The Village Inn in Balmaha.
As Sandy Fraser explains, this is another part of the authentic Balmaha experience: “This along with our homemade ice cream, local beers and ales provides something special and unique for visitors to our part of Loch Lomond. We’re passionate about Balmaha and very excited about creating another product that is worthy of this very special part of Loch Lomond.”
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Picture Caption: Sandy Fraser with Balmaha Whisky, the backdrop is Loch Lomond and its islands.
Picture Credit: Paul Saunders Photography.
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