- Region: Highland, Scotland.
- Founded: 1790
- Status: Operational
- Owner: Inver House
- Water source: Ault Dearg Burn
- Output: 1.8 million litres alcohol per annum
Balblair Distillery is a Scotch whisky distillery located in Edderton, Ross-shire, Scotland. Originally founded in 1790, the distillery was rebuilt in 1895 by the designer Charles C Doig to be closer to the Edderton Railway Station on the Inverness and Ross-shire Railway line. However, so good was the original water source that the rebuilt distillery chose to ignore a nearby burn in favour of the original Ault Dearg burn. To this day, the Balblair Distillery continues to use this original water source.
John Ross, the founder, ran Balblair as a thriving business and in 1824 he was joined by his son, Andrew. The distillery stayed in the Ross family until 1894 when the tenancy was taken over by Alexander Cowan. In 1948 the freehold was bought by Robert Cumming, who promptly expanded the distillery and increased production. Cumming ran the distillery until he retired in 1970 when he sold it to Hiram Walker. In 1996 Balblair Distillery was purchased by Inver House Distillers Limited. Balblair has one of the oldest archives in distilling, with the first ledger entry dated 25 January 1800. John Ross himself penned that first entry, which read: “Sale to David Kirkcaldy at Ardmore, one gallon of whisky at £1.8.0d”. The distillery is now owned by Inver House Distillers Limited, whose other distilleries include the Speyburn-Glenlivet Distillery, Knockdhu Distillery, Old Pulteney Distillery and Balmenach Distillery.
Balblair whisky reviews:
- Balblair 12 Years Old 2002 Distillery Exclusive (58%, OB, Bourbon Cask #680, 2012)
- Balblair 1983 Vintage 1st Release (46%, OB, 2013)
- Balblair 1990 Vintage 2nd Release (46%, OB, 2013)
- Balblair 1991 Vintage 2nd Release (46%, OB, 2018)
- Balblair 1999 Vintage 1st Release (46%, OB, 2014)
- Balblair 2000 Vintage 2nd Release (46%, OB, 2017)
- Balblair 2005 Vintage 1st Release (46%, OB, 2015)
- Balblair 2005 Vintage 1st Release (46%, OB, 2017)
- Balblair 23 Years Old 1990 Small Batch (51.7%, Cadenheads, Bourbon Barrels, 318 Bottles, 2013)
- Balblair 24 Years Old 1990 Authentic Collection (52.2%, Cadenheads, Bourbon Barrel, 180 Bottles, 2015)