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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 1999 - 2nd Release

70cl, 46%

The second release of 1999 vintage Balblair single malt Scotch whisky replaces the 1997 vintage in their core range. The ace Highland whisky was matured in a combination of American ex-bourbon…  More info

Balblair 1999 - 2nd Release
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Balblair 2004 Bourbon Matured - 1st Release

100cl, 46%

A 2004 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Balblair distillery in the Highlands, which has been carefully matured in bourbon casks. It was originally launched as a Travel Retail exclusive.  More info

Balblair 2004 Bourbon Matured - 1st Release
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Balblair 1999 - 3rd Release

70cl, 46%

The third release of Balblair's 1999 vintage is a welcome one, as the highland Scotch whisky was aged in an interesting combination of American oak, ex-bourbon barrels and Spanish oak ex-sherry…  More info

Balblair 1999 - 3rd Release
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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 2013 (bottled 2018) (cask 18004) - Malts Of Scotland

70cl, 57.2%

Single cask single malt from the Balblair distillery, matured in just one sherry hogshead cask from 2013 to 2018. This was independently bottled by Malts of Scotland, producing only 264 bottles. You…  More info

Balblair 2013 (bottled 2018) (cask 18004) - Malts Of Scotland

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 2004 (bottled 2017)

100cl, 46%

A 2004 vintage single malt Scotch from Balblair distillery, which was matured in sherry butts before being bottled in 2017 at 46% ABV. A fabulous Highland dram, originally launched as a Travel Retail…  More info

Balblair 2004 (bottled 2017)

Balblair 2000 (bottled 2018)

70cl, 46%

The second release of the 2000 vintage single malt from Balblair, bottled in 2018. This expression was matured in ex-bourbon casks and then finished in Spanish oak butts, helping to bolster the dried…  More info

Balblair 2000 (bottled 2018)

Balblair 2000 (bottled 2017)

70cl, 46%

A 2000 vintage single malt from Balblair, released to replace their 1999 3rd Release. This expression was bottled in 2017 and boasts a core of sherried spice alongside creamy vanilla sweetness.  More info

Balblair 2000 (bottled 2017)
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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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Balblair 1997 - 2nd Release

70cl, 46%

This is the second release of a 1997 vintage from the Highland distillery of Balblair. Balblair bucked convention a few years back by replacing age-statement with vintages like those of wine bottles.  More info

Balblair 1997 - 2nd Release
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Balblair 22 Year Old 1990 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 57.4%

A WM Cadenhead bottling of Balblair 22 year old single malt Scotch whisky. After maturing the whisky in a bourbon barrel from 1990 to 2013, WM Cadenhead pour the lovely spirit into 192 bottles, at…  More info

Balblair 22 Year Old 1990 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)

Balblair 21 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of 21 year old Balblair single malt Scotch whisky, which has been given a very handsome and wonderfully retro label. Perfect for collectors, whisky historians or people…  More info

Balblair 21 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Balblair 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 1962) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 53.4%

A proper Sherry monster from Gordon & MacPhail, this in an independent bottling of 21 year old Balblair single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured in a first-fill Sherry butt from March 1993…  More info

Balblair 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 1962) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Balblair 1992 Hand Bottling

70cl, 60.9%

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

Balblair 1992 Hand Bottling

Balblair 1989 3rd Release

70cl, 46%

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

Balblair 1989 3rd Release
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Balblair 1990 - 2nd Release

70cl, 46%

As the world began its ten-year saunter towards the new Millennium, Balblair distilled this expression of their excellent single malt in 1990 and set it aside to mature in ex-bourbon casks. 21 years…  More info

Balblair 1990 - 2nd Release
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Balblair 20 Year Old 1991 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%

This Balblair was distilled in 1991 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for their Private Collection. The whisky has been finished in a Crozes-Hermitage red wine cask for a rich fruity flavour.  More info

Balblair 20 Year Old 1991 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Balblair 1991 (bottled 2018)

70cl, 46%

A 1991 vintage single malt from Balblair, replacing their 1990 Second Release. The 1991 Third Release was drawn from a combination of bourbon casks and sherry butts, resulting in a balanced flavour…  More info

Balblair 1991 (bottled 2018)
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Balblair 1990 Islay Cask 1466 (Master of Malt)

70cl, 50.4%

This delicious 1990 vintage is a Balblair with a difference. In fact, it sees the usually spicy, malty whisky imbued with a gloriously peaty flavour. Rather than add the peat in the traditional way…  More info

Balblair 1990 Islay Cask 1466 (Master of Malt)
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Balblair 35 Year Old 1966 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 40.4%

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 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 10116) - Kingsbury

70cl, 52.9%

A single cask indie bottling of single malt from Balblair, distilled in 1990 and aged in a refill Sherry cask for 23 years. This was bottled by little-known but long-running (and very impressive)…  More info

Balblair 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 10116) - Kingsbury

Balblair 1997 (cask 1146)

70cl, 56.8%

1997 vintage Balblair single malt, drawn from a single bourbon cask that was cracked open in 2018. This expression was bottled as part of the Cellar Book series for La Maison du Whisky.  More info

Balblair 1997 (cask 1146)

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 1996 (cask 22)

70cl, 54.4%

A single cask bottling of 1996 vintage Balblair single malt, released as part of La Maison du Whisky's Cellar Book series. This expression was initially matured in bourbon casks, before being moved…  More info

Balblair 1996 (cask 22)
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