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Balblair Distillery

Edderton , Tain, Highland, IV19 1LB, Scotland
Tel: +44 1862 821 273


Articles (6)

A Highland affair
Caroline Dewar takes a stroll through whisky's heartland

July 2006, Issue 57, page 37

A Road Less Travelled
Gavin D. Smith follows the Northern Highland Whisky Trail

July 2011, Issue 97, page 34

Brewing up a storm
Gavin Smith tells the complex story of Scottish brewing and its inextricable links with distilling

February 2002, Issue 21, page 52

Distiller making a spirit of the air (Balblair)
Ian Buxton visits Balblair

November 2004, Issue 44, page 30

Dramatic Painting
Amanda Brock talks to one of Scotland's hottest artists and his malt connections.

April 2010, Issue 87, page 26

Pilgrim's progress to whisky Mecca (Glenmorangie)
Despite the advance of time, Tain continues to be a sacred destination for pilgrims the world over. John Lamond believes Glenmorangie Distillery may be a reason for the area's continued popularity

September 2001, Issue 18, page 34

Whiskies (26)

Balblair 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Approachable and well structured, with delicious flavours.

Balblair 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Much more life and structure.

Balblair 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 An attractive character. Too much sweetness on the palate though.

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Balblair 1969 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
8 For a whisky that is very light when young, this matures surprisingly well and for long periods

Balblair 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 The Balblair bandwagon continues.

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Balblair 1975 Vintage 2nd Release 37 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A beautiful example of a well-matured Bourbon cask whisky. Still lively and dashing. The perfect “herbal tea”.

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Balblair 1979 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Needs time to grow in the glass. A dream.

Balblair 1983
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 A lovely dram, brightening like the promise of a warm summer.

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Balblair 1986
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Elegant and sophisticated.

Balblair 1989 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Seems young, but very attractive.

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Balblair 1997 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A stunner.

Balblair 2000
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 A very subtle, and discreet Balblair but another addition to what has become a compelling range.

Balblair 2003
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Either a young whisky or a whisky matured in a tired cask. Not unpleasant but too thin. I can imagine it in a granité or as a thirst quencher in summer with lots of ice.

Balblair 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.40%
8 A whisky that starts life with some restraint has certainly developed over the years.

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Balblair 38 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00%
9 A pure beauty. Absolutely beaming on nose and palate. The best a sherry cask can offer.

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Balblair 38 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00%
9 An enticing expression of old age. Forever young! With elegance and style.

Balblair Elements
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Gentle, but complex as the flavours open.

Balblair Highland Single Malt 1999 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A gentle personality and a crowd pleaser.

Dewar Rattray Balblair 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.90%
7 The strength is a bit aggressive. And oak is not well-integrated. Tastes like a too young fellow.

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Dewar Rattray Balblair 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.80%
8 A rich multi layered whisky which, surprisingly, I enjoyed better without water. The latter enhances a bitter tone.

Dewar Rattray Balblair 1990 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.90%
7 The nose is more attractive than the palate, rather restrained.

Gordon & MacPhail Balblair 1966
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 The nose is rich and harmonious. The palate not so lavish, somewhat dulled by wood dominating. It would have shown better at a higher strength.

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Private Collection Balblair 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
8 Elegant and uncomplicated. Refreshing and appetising. Hides its 50% ABV very well.

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Single Malts of Scotland Balblair 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.80%
8 Old and complex but keeping fit. A rich character, to be enjoyed right now.

The Wee Dram Balblair 12 Years Old
- Scotland - 46.00%
7 Another great Balblair.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The Whisky Exchange Balblair 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.20%
8 Yet another superb Balblair which chimes perfectly with the official bottlings.

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