Balblair is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, having been officially founded in 1790 (although illicit distilling is believed to have taken place on the site for some time before that). The present distillery buildings date from the 1890s. Alexander Cowan, who had built the new distillery, was forced to close the distillery in 1911, ... Read More »
Balblair's second release of its 1999 vintage (the first was released for the travel retail market) replaces the 1997. It's a combination of American oak, ex-bourbon barrels and Spanish oak ex-sherry butts.
A distillery-bottled Balblair from the 1991 vintage. Long known to blenders as a category 'A' malt, Balblair is a terrific malt whisky worthy of the renewed attention its recent makeover and thrilling vintage releases have bestowed.
The third release of Balblair's popular 1989 vintage whisky, sitting in the middle of their range of dated drams. The strength has been upped to 46% from 43% for the previous release, giving this edition a little more oomph and flavour intensity. A very drinkable dram indeed.
A 1991 vintage Balblair which has been finished in casks which previously held Crozes-Hermitage Wine. The Balblair has been aged for just over 17 years before being transferred for its final 40 months of maturation. This period of maturation has added a fruity side to the whisky without dulling its original peppery nature.
The second release of 1990 vintage Balblair. Long known to blenders as a category 'A' malt, Balblair is a terrific malt whisky worthy of the renewed attention its 2007 makeover and thrilling vintage releases have bestowed.
A 1975 vintage Balblair independently bottled by Direct Wines (owners of Laithwaites) as part of their First Cask series. This was distilled just a few years after production at Balblair was increased by the addition of a third still.
A special set from Balblair from a few years back - a combination of a bottle of their long discontinued 33 year old whisky with a branded, and lined, nosing glass and a mini bottle of the whisky to try before you open the full sized version.
A 1957 vintage Balblair from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail. This was distilled less than a decade after the distillery reopened, having been closed for over 35 years. We estimate this was bottled in the 1980s.