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.
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 only ever release their whisky when it’s ready. Every year the Distillery Manager, John MacDonald, selects whiskies that have reached their exact point of ‘optimum maturation’, the peak of perfection, and are only released as year vintages.
700 ml, 43% abv, Scotland (Highland)Balblair 2000 is a well balanced, full-bodied malt with aromas of pears, pineapple and green apples. Hints of honey and vanilla, that come from the long years of maturation in American ex-bourbon oak barrels, can also be detected, adding to the complexity of this exceptional Vintage. On the palate the sweet, honey, floral notes combined with hints of coconut and rich spices lead to a smooth, long lasting and warming finish.
700 ml, 46% abv, Scotland (Highland)This is the first release of 2005 vintage Balblair single malt Scotch whisky. Only a handful of American oak, ex-bourbon casks laid down in 2005 were selected by Distillery Manager John MacDonald to form this classic Balblair expression. Bottled in 2016. "Light, fruity and refreshing"
700 ml, 43% abv, Scotland (Highland)A 10 year old Balblair independent bottling by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their Distillery labels series.
Matured in ex-Bourbon barrels.
700 ml, 43% abv, Scotland (Highland)Balblair 1989, 2nd release, is a full-bodied malt with rich aromas of raisin, green apple and hints of banana and lemon. The American ex-bourbon oak barrels, used in the distillate's maturation, lend a memorable warm toffee, vanilla fragrance. Distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2011, all natural color.
"On the palate the typical Balblair characteristics are abundant. Ripe fruits fuse with a hint of sherry-drenched raisins. Together with a rich spiciness there is a distinctive long, complex and ultimately smooth finish""Quite a complex wee dram with loads of oak and spice, the fruit is always there"