Balblair

Location and contact details

Location" Location: Balblair, Edderton, Tain, Ross-Shire, IV19 1LB
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre
Telephone" Telephone: +44 (0)1862 821273
Web" Web: http://www.tullibardine.com/
Twitter" Twitter: Balblair Distillery (@Balblairwhisky)

Facts and figures

LocationBalblair, Edderton, Tain, Ross-Shire, IV19 1LB
Founded1790
OwnerInterBev (Inver House Distillers)
Water SourceThe Allt Dearg
Stills1 wash still (12,000 litres)
1 spirit still (8,500 litres)
Capacity1,800,000 litres

Opening Hours

Open weekdays 1000-1700 throughout the year and between 1000-1600 April and September; check for details of opening hours.
Tours are 1100 and 1400.

Tours

Free

Call +44 (0)1862 821273 in advance to book a tour.

Balblair Experience Tour £7

Distillery tour followed by a tasting of one selected Balblair Vintage. £3 off a 70cl bottle.

Vintage Moments Tour £20

Distillery tour followed by a tasting of three selected Balblair Vintages. £5 off a 70cl bottle on a spend over £100.

Enthusiast Tour £40

Distillery tour followed by a tasting of four selected Balblair Vintages. £5 off a 70cl bottle on a spend over £100.

History

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

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. 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 four vintages - 2000, 1997, 1989 and 1979 - 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.

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.
Information correct as of 28/08/2016
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