Balblair distillery

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Balblair
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View of Balblair Distillery
Region: Highland
Location Edderton
Owner InterBev (Inver House Distillers)
Founded 1790
Status Active
Water source The Allt Dearg
No. of stills

1 wash still 20,000l

1 spirit still 8,500l [1]
Capacity 1,800,000 litres of alcohol

Balblair Distillery is a Scotch whisky distillery located in Edderton, Ross-shire, Scotland.

Founded in 1790,[2] 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”.

Balblair Single Malt Whisky is bottled in vintages - the current bottlings being 2005, 1999, 1990 and 1983 - with the design inspired by the nearby Pictish stone Clach Biorach, which is thought to be 4000 years old. The 1989 vintage won a Gold Medal and was judged "best in class" in the 2007 International Wine & Spirits Competition and was recommended by Ian Buxton in 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die.[3]

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.

The distillery now has a visitor centre. Open all year to visitors.

Awards[edit]

International Wine and Spirit Competition 2017

Balblair Vintage 1990 - Gold

Balblair Vintage 1999 1st Release - Exclusive to Travel Retail - Gold

Balblair 2004 Bourbon Matured - Exclusive to Travel Retail - Silver Outstanding

Balblair 2004 Sherry - Exclusive to Travel Retail - Silver Outstanding

Balblair Vintage 1999 - Silver Outstanding

Balblair 2005 – Silver

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017

Balblair 1999 - Double Gold

International Spirits Challenge 2017 [4]

Balblair 2004 Bourbon Matured - Exclusive to Travel Retail – Gold

Balblair 2005 – Silver

Balblair 1999 – Silver

Balblair 1990 – Silver

Balblair 2004 Sherry - Exclusive to Travel Retail – Silver

Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2017 [5]

Balblair 1999 - 93 points

Balblair 2005 - 89 points

Balblair 1990 - 89 points

IWSC 2016 [6]

Balblair 2005 – Gold Outstanding

Balblair 1990 - Gold Outstanding

Balblair 1999 – Silver

Balblair 1983 – Gold Outstanding

Balblair 2004 Bourbon - Exclusive to Travel Retail – Silver Outstanding

Balblair 2004 Sherry - Exclusive to Travel Retail - Silver

Balblair 1999 - Exclusive to Travel Retail – Silver Outstanding

International Spirits Challenge 2016 [7]

Balblair 2005 – Silver

Balblair 1990 – Gold

Balblair 1999 – Silver

Balblair 1983 – Silver

Balblair 2004 Bourbon - Exclusive to Travel Retail – Silver

Balblair 2004 Sherry - Exclusive to Travel Retail - Silver

Balblair 1999 - Exclusive to Travel Retail – Silver

Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2016 http://www.ultimate-beverage.com/ultimate-spirits-challenge-USC/2016-spirits-results/?type=&subtype=&product_name=Balblair&country=&award=

Balblair 2005 – 89 points

Balblair 1990 – 98 points (Finalist)

Balblair 1983 – 93 points

World Whiskies Awards 2016 [8]

Balblair 1983 – Gold

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016 [9]

Balblair 2005 – Gold

Balblair 1999 – Silver

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Coordinates: 57°50′25.7″N 4°10′49.5″W / 57.840472°N 4.180417°W / 57.840472; -4.180417