Balblair 15YO Single Malt Whisky
- Single Malt
- Scotland, 700ml
On the nose, leatherwood honey and spicy gingerbread followed by juicy prunes and fresh lemon peel. On the palate, Velvety in texture, bursting with dark chocolate, tropical fruit and spices. To finish, long and mellow, with notes of creamy vanilla and citrus.
- Distillery: Balblair Distillery - Inver House Distillers
- Type: Single Malt Highland Scotch Whisky
- Region: Edderton, Scotland
- Alcohol: 46%
- Volume: 700ml
- Goes with: Neat or over ice
Tropical and mature, with the texture of melted chocolate and one of the finest finishes a single malt can bring, this stunning whisky calls for quiet admiration. Round and velvety, yet developed and fresh. Smoothed over by time, but with a beating heart. Matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks, followed by the rich influence of first fill Spanish oak butts.
Every Scotch whisky distillery is different. From its location and water source, to its still shape and wood policy. These are all determining factors in how a whisky tastes. The Balblair collection is intriguingly complex and satisfying. We capture the intense esters at the start of the spirit cut to give our Whisky the core characteristics of apricots, oranges, spices, floral notes and green apples. The heavier oils and lipids at the end of the cut are also captured, giving leathery, nutty and full-bodied characteristics.
One of Scotland’s oldest distilleries, Balblair was founded in 1790 by John Ross. The distillery lies in Edderton in the Northern Highlands, surrounded by rugged mountains, from whence the Allt Dearg - Balblair’s water source - springs. Following John Ross’s death in 1836, the distillery was passed down to his son, Andrew Ross. In 1872, he resited the distillery further up the hills on which it sits and converted the old buildings into warehousing facilities.
There is evidence that illicit distillation was carried out in the area of Edderton in the mid eighteenth century. The area was known as the ‘Parish of the Peats’ in reference to the prolific distillation and the abundance of peat in the surrounding soil. The distillery was forced to close during the First World War and did not reopen until 1949, a year after it was acquired for £48,000 by Keith-based lawyer, Robert ‘Bertie’ Cumming. Cumming ran the distillery until his retirement in 1970. In 1996, the distillery was sold by Allied Domecq to its current owners, Inver House Distillers. Just fifteen percent of Balblair’s 1.33 million litre capacity is sold as single malt, though there are many independent bottlings as well as a good range of official bottlings.
1790 - The Balblair Distillery is established by local man, John Ross, on the estate of the Rosses of Balnagowan.
1824 - John Ross is joined by his son, Andrew, and thereafter the sons and grandsons of John Ross operated the Balblair farm and distillery until the last years of the 19th century.
1862 - The Highland Railway Company build the Inverness to Ardgay line, opening up new opportunities for Balblair.
1894 - James Ross gives up the tenancy of Balblair to Alexander Cowan, a wine merchant from Inverness. He transforms the distillery, building offices, a still house, mash house, kiln and barns.
1895 - By now the railway had come to Balblair bringing coal for the still and boiler and barley for the malting. To take advantage of the railway line the Distillery is moved half a mile north to its current location.
1911 - Tough economic times force Balblair to cease production.
1932 - The last Balblair bottles of the era leave the warehouses.
1939 - It is probably just as well that the distillery was dry, as the next occupants were the Norwegian Army, after the buildings were commandeered by the British Army for the duration of the Second World War.
1948 - Under Bertie’s stewardship, production resumes for the first time since before the First World War.
1949 - Robert James “Bertie” Cumming, a solicitor from Banff, purchases the distillery for £48,000.
1960 - The Edderton Railway Station closes.
1964 - Growing demand encourages Bertie to invest in extra warehouses and their first steam boiler.
1970 - Bertie sells Balblair to a man named Hiram Walker, whose company would later become Allied Distillers.
1980 - Extensive development happens throughout the 1980s.
1996 - Balblair Distillery is purchased by Inver House Distillers and so begins the newest chapter in the history of this timeless distillery.
2007 - The distillery makes the move to release Balblair as a Vintage Whisky, with every bottling marked with the year in which the whisky was distilled.
2019 - The distillery releases a new range of age-statement expressions. Each one has its own unique characteristics, but all them exude our True Highland Spirit.
- Silver - 2019 International Spirits Challenge - Distillers' Single Malts between 13 and 20 years old
- Silver - 2019 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Scotch Single Malt - Highland
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