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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 40 Year Old 1966 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A 40 year old bottling from Gordon and MacPhail, distilled in 1966 at the Balblair distillery in Edderton, a rich whisky with both floral notes and winter spice and a good helping of cereal notes.  More info

Balblair 40 Year Old 1966 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$257.42

Balblair 20 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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…  More info

Balblair 20 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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$83.77

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

Balblair 2001

Balblair 1979 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

This is an old Balblair bottled by the chaps at Gordon and MacPhail all for your delectation!  More info

Balblair 1979 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$187.88

Balblair 1997

70cl, 43%

The youngest of the trio of 2007 released Balblair 'vintages', this Balblair single malt enjoyed maturation in first fill ex-bourbon casks and it is pleasant to see whisky from the distillery…  More info

Balblair 1997
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Balblair 1989

70cl, 43%

As part of a trio of vintages launched in February of 2007, this 1989 'vintage' from the Balblair distillery is another superb example, exhibiting that beautiful vanilla spice, cereal sweetness we…  More info

Balblair 1989
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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

Balblair 10 Year Old
$55.54

Balblair 1978

70cl, 46%

A wonderful Balblair, the 1978 vintage was aged in American oak bourbon barrels. It's sweet, spice and full bodied. Delish!  More info

Balblair 1978
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Balblair 20 Year Old 1990 (Bladnoch)

70cl, 53.70%

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

Balblair 20 Year Old 1990 (Bladnoch)
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Balblair 2000 (2nd Release)

70cl, 43%

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

Balblair 2000 (2nd Release)
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$42.97

Balblair 20 Year Old Cask 166 (Bladnoch) 35cl

35cl, 46%

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 20 Year Old Cask 166 (Bladnoch) 35cl

Balblair 17 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

Distilled at Balblair in April 1990 and aged for 17 years in refill butt number 3930 before bottling in October 2007 by Douglas Laing. A release of 743 bottles.  More info

Balblair 17 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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Balblair 35 Year Old 1966 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 40.40%

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

Balblair 35 Year Old 1966 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Balblair 2000 (1st Release)

70cl, 43%

The 2000 vintage from Balblair was released in 2010, and it was matured in first fill American Oak casks.  More info

Balblair 2000 (1st Release)
$39.79

Balblair 1975

70cl, 46%

Bottled in 2007 having been distilled in 1975, this Balblair single malt was aged in European oak casks that previously held maturing sherry.  More info

Balblair 1975
$226.19

Balblair 1992 Hand Bottling

70cl, 60.90%

This Balblair was distilled in 1992 and bottled by hand in 2011.  More info

Balblair 1992 Hand Bottling
$114.84

Balblair 1973 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 45%

A 1973 'vintage' Balblair from Gordon and MacPhail's Private Collection. From an outturn of but 385 bottles, this single malt was aged in sherry casks and pertains rich coffee and oak notes.  More info

Balblair 1973 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

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