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Balblair

One of Scotland’s oldest distilleries, Balblair was founded in 1790 by John Ross. The distillery lies in Edderton in the Northern Highlands, surrounded by rugged mountains, from whence the Allt Dearg - Balblair’s water source - springs. Following John Ross’s death in 1836, the distillery was passed down to his son, Andrew Ross. In 1872, he resited the distillery further up the hills on which it sits and converted the old buildings into warehousing facilities.

There is evidence that illicit distillation was carried out in the area of Edderton in the mid eighteenth century. The area was known as the ‘Parish of the Peats’ in reference to the prolific distillation and the abundance of peat in the surrounding soil. The distillery was forced to close during the First World War and did not reopen until 1949, a year after it was acquired for £48,000 by Keith-based lawyer, Robert ‘Bertie’ Cumming. Cumming ran the distillery until his retirement in 1970. In 1996, the distillery was sold by Allied Domecq to its current owners, Inver House Distillers. Just fifteen percent of Balblair’s 1.33 million litre capacity is sold as single malt, though there are many independent bottlings as well as a good range of official bottlings.

Balblair Whisky Distillery

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About Balblair Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01862 821273

Distillery Capacity

1 330 000 litres

Distillery Founded

1790

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Edderton, Ross-Shire

Distillery Owner

Inver House Distillers (Thai Beverages plc)

Distillery Website

www.balblair.com

1790

The distillery is founded by John Ross.

1824

The son Andrew Ross starts taking over, but moves to Brora after a couple of years and John Ross takes over again.

1836

The founder John Ross dies and Andrew Ross takes over with the help of his sons.

1872

New buildings replace the old.

1873

Andrew Ross dies and his son James takes over.

1894

Balnagowan Estate signs a new lease for 60 years with Alexander Cowan. He builds a new distillery, a few kilometres from the old.

1911

Cowan is forced to cease payments and the distillery closes. The staff sell out the whole stock in the 20-year period until 1932.

1941

Balnagowan Estate goes bankrupt and the distillery is put up for sale.

1948

The lawyer Robert Cumming from Keith buys Balblair for £48 000.

1949

Production restarts.

1970

Cumming sells Balblair to Hiram Walker. A third still is installed.

1988

Allied Distillers become new owners through the merger between Hiram Walker and Allied Vintners.

1996

Allied Domecq sells the distillery to Inver House Distillers.

2000

Balblair Elements and the first version of Balblair 33 years are launched.

2001

Thai company Pacific Spirits (part of the Great Oriole Group) takes over Inver House.

2004

Balblair 38 years is launched.

2005

12 year old Peaty Cask, 1979 (26 years) and 1970 (35 years) are launched.

2006

InverHouse changes owners when International Beverage Holdings acquires Pacific Spirits UK.

2007

Three new vintages replace the entire former range.

2008

Vintage 1975 is released.

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20 year old single cask Balblair, distilled on the 13th June 1990, aged in sherry butt number 166 (as you'll note from the rich colour), and bottled for the Bladnoch forum on the 14th June 2010.  More info
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The 2000 vintage from Balblair was released in 2010, and it was matured in first fill American Oak casks.  More info
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Balblair 1978
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A wonderful Balblair, the 1978 vintage was aged in American oak bourbon barrels. It's sweet, spice and full bodied. Delish!  More info
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A very old Old Malt Cask bottling, this is the first we've seen from the range not to be bottled at 50%. In this case, we suspect because it would have been impossible - after 35 years in the cask...  More info
This is an old Balblair bottled by the chaps at Gordon and MacPhail all for your delectation!  More info
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The second edition of Balblair 2000, a classic Highland dram which was relaunched in 2007. A very fruity, creamy whisky aged in American bourbon oak barrels.  More info
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$52.88
A beautiful single cask Balblair, aged for 20 years in a single Oloroso sherry butt (number 166) before it was bottled for the Bladnoch forum in June of 2010. Fruity and rich.  More info
Balblair 2001
(70cl, 46%)
The 2001 vintage of Balblair comes as a replacement for the 2000 edition. This is spicy, fruity and full of malty sweetness, and a classic Highland dram!  More info
This Balblair was distilled in 1992 and bottled by hand in 2011.  More info
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This was distilled at the Balblair distillery in June 1990. It was then aged for 20 years in a refill sherry butt before bottling in June 2010 for the Old Malt Cask range from Douglas Laing. A release...  More info
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$103.07
This is the third release of Balblair 1989, a great malt which was matured in ex-bourbon barrels.
As with the 2001 vintage, launched in November 2011, this expression is non-chill-filtered, and...  More info
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Balblair 10 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A rare, discontinued bottling from the Balblair distillery, this 10 year old was released before the standard vintage range of whiskies. Expect plenty of spice, malt and a hint of smoke.  More info
$68.34
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