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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 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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$251.47

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
$74.04

Balblair 2005 - 1st Release

70cl, 46%

This is the first release of 2005 vintage Balblair single malt Scotch whisky (which is replacing the 2003 vintage in their core range). An enjoyable expression from the Northern Highlands distillery,…  More info

Balblair 2005 - 1st Release
$48.63

Balblair 10 Year Old (Gordon and Macphail)

70cl, 43%

A 10 year old Balblair single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's Distillery labels series. It matured in American oak hogsheads.  More info

Balblair 10 Year Old (Gordon and Macphail)
$47.12

Balblair 1969

70cl, 41.40%

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
$1527.64

Balblair 10 Year Old 35cl (Gordon & MacPhail)

35cl, 43%

A half bottle of 10 year old single malt from the Eastern Highland distillery, Balblair, in Edderton. This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Balblair is known for its whiskies which belie their…  More info

Balblair 10 Year Old 35cl (Gordon & MacPhail)
$26.91

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)
$293.79

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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$121.41

Balblair 2003 - 1st Release

70cl, 46%

A 2003 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Balblair distillery. They were matured in second fill bourbon casks until 2013 when the whisky was popped in Balblair's stylish bottles.  More info

Balblair 2003 - 1st Release
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$50.44

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 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 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 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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$125.12

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

70cl, 53.40%

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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$106.75

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 1990 Islay Cask 1466 (Master of Malt)

70cl, 50.40%

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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$152.09

Balblair 1965 Single Cask

70cl, 52.30%

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 2002 - 1st Release

70cl, 46%

Balblair bucked convention a few years ago by removing age statements from their whiskies and replaced them with vintages. The 2002 is replacing the 2001 as the entry level offering and offers…  More info

Balblair 2002 - 1st Release
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$46.93

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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$228.77

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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$84.36

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 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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$43.27

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 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 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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