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Balblair Scotch Whisky Distillery

Balblair Distillery, Edderton, Tain, Ross-shire IV19 1LB
Tel: +44 (0)1862 821273

Balblair Distillery General Information
Current Owners click for detailsThai Beverage (Inver House)
Location Highlands
Water source The Allt Dearg
Manager John Macdonald
Stills 1 x wash still and 1 x spirit still
Capacity per year 1,800,000 Litres
Status Active/Producing
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Balblair Distillery History
1749 First known records of a Balblair Distillery
1790 Distillery founded by John Ross
1894 Alexander Cowan takes a 60 year lease on Balblair, ‘New’ distillery built on present site
1911 Distillery stops production
1932 Last whisky is taken from the Balblair warehouses
1939 Army commandeers buildings at Balblair and stay for duration (1939 – 1945)
1948 Distillery acquired by Robert James ‘Bertie’ Cumming (also owner of Pulteney Distillery)
1949 Resumes Production
1964 Expansion of the distillery, extra warehouses and first steam boiler built
1970 Distillery sold to Hiram Walker of Ballantine’s whisky (Now Allied Distillers)
1996 Balblair Distillery bought by Inver House Distillers
2000 Start bottling Balblair 33 year old
2003 Gold Medal Winner – International Wine & Spirit Competition (33yo), ‘Best of the Best’ Mainland Malt (33yo),
2004 Balblair 38 year old released, Global sales increase 25%
2005 US distribution achieved,
Gold Medal Winner – San Francisco Spirits Competition (16yo),
Gold Medal Winner – International Wine & Spirit Competition (16yo),
IWSC award, a’bunadh’ Trophy for Special Edition Single Malt Whisky (38yo)
2006 Gold Medal Winner, Best in Class - International Wine & Spirit Competition (38yo)
Silver Medal Winner - International Wine & Spirit Competition
Silver Medal Winner, Best in Class – International Wine &
Spirit Competition (26yo)
Silver Medal Winner – International Wine & Spirit Competition (35yo)
Double Gold Medal Winner – World Spirits Competition (16yo)
Gold Medal Winner – International Spirits Challenge (35yo)
Gold Medal Winner – International Spirits Challenge (38yo)
Silver Medal Winner – International Spirits Challenge (26yo)
2007 Balblair redesigned and relaunched as a super premium Highland Single Malt in vintage format – 1979, 1989 and 1997
Balblair appoints the Leith Agency to manage its first Global Direct Marketing Campaign
2011 Visitor Centre opened

Balblair Distillery Comments
One of the oldest working distilleries in the industry.
Founded in 1790, Balblair is among Scotland's oldest distilleries. It is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, where the Ross-shire burns flow down the Struie Hill to the farmlands of Edderton, the "parish of the peats" and down onwards to the shores of the Dornoch Firth.

Balblair Distillery Bottlings
click for detailsBalblair Elements
Nose Light, fresh with a hint of Autumn mist
Colour Pale straw resembling Chardonnay
Taste Sweet to start with an appetising citrus tinge and a slightly peaty note as it slides over the back of the tongue
Balblair 16 Year Old
Nose Light, fresh spiciness with a slight nutty fragrance
Colour Mid amber with gold highlights
Taste Medium to full bodied, sweet and lightly fruity with a slight toffee character
Balblair 33 Year Old
Limited edition cask strength single malt. Each bottle is individually numbered and packaged with a miniature and an authentic nosing glass.

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Balblair Distillery Visitor Centre Information
Contact +44 (0)1862 821273
Opening Times (All Year) Mon-Fri 10:00am-4:00pm
April-September Also open on Sat 10:00am-4:00pm
Tour Times 11:00am and 2.00pm


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