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Balblair

Balblair Distillery

Region: Highland, Scotland.

Founded: 1790

Status: Operational

Owner: Inver House

Water source: Ault Dearg Burn

Output: 1.8 million litres alcohol per annum

History:

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 Bourbon Cask #680 Distillery Edition ~ 58% (Inver House) - Balblair 12 Years Old 2002 Bourbon Cask #680 – Distillery Edition Highland single malt scotch whisky 58% ABV, £90 for 70cl Score: 86/100 What they say: Distilled in 2002 at Balblair distillery, this has been matured for 12 years in an ex-bourbon cask. Available as a bottle-your-own exclusive at Balblair distillery. What I say: Dram […]
  • balblair-1983-1st-release-whisky Balblair 1983 Vintage 1st Release ~ 46% (Inver House) - Review: Balblair 1983 Vintage 1st Release Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Balblair Distillery Bottling: Official – Inver House Distillers Ltd. ABV: 46% Cost: £192.61 from Master of Malt [Sold out] What they say: 1983 Vintage Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Natural Colour Non Chill-Filtered | First Release Matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels, Balblair Vintage […]
  • balblair-1990-2nd-release-whisky Balblair 1990 Vintage 2nd Release ~ 46% (Inver House) - Review: Balblair 1990 Vintage 2nd Release Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Balblair Distillery Bottling: Official – Inver House Distillers Ltd. ABV: 46% Cost: £102.79 from Master of Malt What they say: Vintage 1990 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Natural Colour Non Chill-Filtered | 2nd Release Matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks and Spanish oak […]
  • balblair-2005-vintage-1st-release Balblair 2005 Vintage 1st Release ~ 46% (InverHouse) - Whisky Review: Balblair 2005 Vintage 1st Release Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Balblair Distillery Bottling: Inver House Distillers Ltd. ABV: 46% Cost: £42.23* from Master of Malt What they say: 2005 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Natural Colour Non Chill-Filtered | First Release Only a handful of American oak, ex-bourbon casks laid down in 2005 were […]
  • balblair-1993-cask-strength-gm Balblair 21 Years Old 1993 Cask Strength ~ 53.4% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Balblair 21 Years Old 1993 Cask Strength Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Balblair Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Cask Strength; Cask 1962 ABV: 53.4% Cost: [sold out] What they say: Distilled 28/06/1993 at Balbair distillery and matured for a full 21 years in a 1st fill Sherry Puncheon (Cask #1962) before bottling on 10/11/2014 […]
  • Balblair 23 Years Old 1990 Small Batch Sherrywood ~ 51.7% (Cadenhead’s) - Balblair 23 Years Old 1990 Small Batch Sherrywood ~ 51.7% (Wm Cadenhead’s) 51.7% ABV, £76.60 for 70 cl available here Score: 88/100 What they say: The swing tags say bourbon barrels but after checking just one more time i am now assured that this malt is Sherrywood cask matured. Nose: Dried oranges; peaches; vanilla pods and […]
  • Balblair 24 Years Old 1990 Authentic Collection ~ 52.2% (Cadenhead’s) - Balblair 24 Years Old 1990 Highland single malt scotch whisky 52.2% ABV, £78.90 for 70cl from Wm Cadenheads Score: 89/100 What they say: Distilled at Balblair distillery in 1990 and bottled in January 2015 Nose: Fresh sweet and fruity with pears toffee and watermelon, passion fruits with malteaser centres. This dram has a lot of […]
  • Balblair 9 Years Old 2005 70.10 Teenage shenanigans ~ 58.5% (SMWS) - Whisky Review: Balblair 9 Years Old 2005 70.10 Teenage shenanigans Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Balblair Distillery Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society; Cask 70.10 Teenage shenanigans ABV: 58.5% Cost: £44 buy from SMWS What they say: Teenage Shenanigans Cask No. 70.10 The nose conjured up a youthful romp in a hay barn: sweet peach […]
  • balblair-1999-1st-release Balblair 1999 Vintage 1st Release 46% (Inver House) - Whisky Review: Balblair 1999 Vintage 1st Release Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Balblair Distillery Bottling: Inver House Distillers Ltd. ABV: 46% Cost: £61.43* purchase from Master of Malt What they say: 1999 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Natural Colour Non Chill-Filtered | First Release Available exclusively to travellers, this beautifully developed Balblair Vintage boasts the classic, […]
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