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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.