Balblair Distillery

Status:
Operational

Established:
1790

Owner:
Inverhouse Distillers Limited

Capacity:
Not supplied

Visitor policy:
Visitors welcome throughout the year

Tel:
+44 (0)1862 821 273

Address:
Edderton,
Tain,
Ross-Shire, Scotland,
IV19 1LB
United Kingdom

Founded in 1790 by John Ross, Balblair is the second oldest working distillery in Scotland. It lies in the Northern Highlands on the shores of the Dornoch Firth in the village of Edderton, which incidentally tales its name from the ancient settlement of Eadar Dun, meaning ‘between the forts’. The distillery sources its water from the Allt Dearg burn which flows from the hills where the said forts stood.

Distillery bottlings of Balblair single malt whisky are only available as vintage releases.

The standing stone featured on Balblair gift boxes lies within site of the distillery on. It was erected over four millennia ago by a race lost to history. The stone was much later, prior to the Roman conquest of Britain, inscribed by The Picts, a confederation of Celtic tribes who inhabited eastern and northern Scotland. They carved sacred symbols into the stone which survive to this day, a salmon and the double disc, thought to represent the sun’s two faces day and night.

They make

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Balblair 2001 (1st Release) Bottled 2011

Distilled in 2001 and matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks, this Balblair is non-chill-filtered and bottled without the addition of caramel colouring.

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Balblair 1989 (3rd Release) Bottled 2012

Released in March 2012, this is the third 1989 Vintage Balblair release. Matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels it is non-chill-filtered and naturally coloured.

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Balblair 1975 (2nd Release) Bottled 2012

This second release of the 1975 Vintage of Balblair Highland single malt is a very different style from the original ‘75 which was aged in Spanish oak ex-sherry casks, while this second release was aged in American oak ex-sherry casks. Non-chill-filtered and bottled without caramel colouring.

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Balblair 2002 (1st Release) Bottled 2012

Released in July 2012, this is the first release of Balblair 2002, replacing the 2001 vintage. Like the previous 2001 which it replaces, this vintage was aged 10 years exclusively in ex-bourbon casks and bottled without caramel or chill-filtration.

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Balblair 1996 (1st Release) Bottled 2012

Released in September 2012 as a travel retail exclusive in one-litre bottles, this first release of the 1996 vintage replaces the previous 1995 vintage and has been aged 16 years in American oak ex-bourbon casks and bottled with chill filtration or the addition of caramel colouring.

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Balblair 1997 (2nd Release) Bottled 2012

Released October 2012, this is the second release of Balblair’s 1997 Vintage, aged 15 years in first-fill American oak ex-bourbon casks and bottled without chill-filtration and caramel colouring.

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Balblair 1969 (1st Release) Bottled 2012

Distilled on 7th February 1969 and aged 43 years in American oak ex-bourbon hogshead casks, this is one of the oldest Balblair vintages to date. The 999 bottles released in November 2012 where, as is always the case with Balblair, non-chill filtered, naturally coloured and bottled at cask strength.

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