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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 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)

Balblair 20 Year Old 1997 (cask 124) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 55.2%

A wonderful single cask Balblair bottled at a cask strength 55.2% ABV in September 2017 for the Mackillop's Choice range. This beauty matured for 20 years after distillation in 15 May 1997 and has an…  More info

Balblair 20 Year Old 1997 (cask 124) - Mackillop's Choice

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

Balblair 1969 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A very old Balblair, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. This was distilled in 1969 and bottled in 2008.  More info

Balblair 1969 (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Balblair 1975 - 2nd Release

70cl, 46%

This is the second edition of the superb Balblair 1975 - a rich whisky that is now the earliest vintage the distillery has to offer. Beautiful stuff, this was aged largely in American oak casks,…  More info

Balblair 1975 - 2nd Release
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Balblair 1983 - 1st Release

70cl, 46%

Replacing the 1975 vintage, the Balblair 1983 is a lip-smackingly rich single malt Scotch whisky from the distillery in the Highlands. Matured in ex-bourbon barrels since 1983, it's got a palate…  More info

Balblair 1983 - 1st Release
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Balblair 1985 (bottled 2015) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

1985 vintage single malt from the Balblair distillery up in the Highlands, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2015. Presented with a pleasingly retro label, this would make for a great collectible piece…  More info

Balblair 1985 (bottled 2015) (Gordon & MacPhail)

Balblair 1999 Single Cask

70cl, 51.9%

This 1999 vintage Balblair single malt Scotch whisky was aged in a sherry cask until it was bottled in 2016 for The Whisky Exchange. A powerfully flavoursome expression from Balblair. This bottle…  More info

Balblair 1999 Single Cask

Balblair 1980 (bottled 2013) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A 1980 vintage Balblair single malt Scotch whisky, presented in a pleasingly retro label by Gordon & MacPhail. This is the 2015 bottling of the Highland single malt Scotch whisky.  More info

Balblair 1980 (bottled 2013) (Gordon & MacPhail)

Balblair 35 Year Old - Jewels of Scotland (Lombard)

70cl, 43.3%

A 35 year old Balblair bottled by Lombard for their Jewels of Scotland range, this Highland whisky was distilled back in 1964. Expect dark treacley notes, fruit, Sherry and even a hint of smoke...  More info

Balblair 35 Year Old - Jewels of Scotland (Lombard)

Balblair 22 Year Old 1975 (cask 7283) - First Cask

70cl, 46%

A rare Balblair, independently bottled by First Cask! This one was distilled all the way back in November 1975 and matured for 22 years, when it was bottled at 46% ABV. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Balblair 22 Year Old 1975 (cask 7283) -  First Cask

Balblair 35 Year Old 1964 - Lost Bottlings Series (Master of Malt)

70cl, 43.1%

This is an extraordinarily rare Balblair from our very own Lost Bottlings Series - a range of whiskies from a bygone era of whisky production. This was distilled in 1964 before a 35 year maturation.…  More info

Balblair 35 Year Old 1964 - Lost Bottlings Series (Master of Malt)

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)
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Balblair 1965 Single Cask

70cl, 52.3%

Part of a limited release of just 350, this rare single cask edition, distilled in 1965 was aged in American oak, sherry casks and exudes Balblair spice with a hint of rather beguiling smoke.  More info

Balblair 1965 Single Cask
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Balblair 1969

70cl, 41.4%

Following the Balblair 1965, the distillery has dug deep into their stocks and uncovered some single malt Scotch whisky which was distilled in 1969! It was bottled in 2012 after spending 43 years in…  More info

Balblair 1969
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