The following exerpt from the "malt whiskey.com" website:
Quote:"The earliest records of distilling at Balblair date back to 1749, though the current distillery dates back to 1790. In the 1860's a new distillery was built near the original, then at the end of the nineteenth century the current distillery was built. The distillery was closed between the two World Wars, from 1915 to 1947, reopening as an independent distillery for a few years before being sold to Hiram Walker who used the Balblair product in their Ballentine blends.
In 1996 the distillery was mothballed but was soon purchased by Inver House with plans to reestablish distillery bottlings. While under the ownership of Hiram Walker, the distillery produced rich, malty whisky for blending purposes. The current plans are for Balblair to return to a more heavily peated whisky that was traditionally produced in the earlier years of the distillery."Unquote.
After visiting Inverhouse's website, i see that they are marketing a 10, 16 and a 33yr old, along with a bottling named Balbair Elements, which is supposed to have a slight peaty note.
So i emailed Derek Sinclair about the return to heavy-peat and he said no way it's not going to happen.
quote="MrTattieHeid"]Is everyone doing a "heavily peated" now? Will the Islays become just a few more peaty drams in the stream, victims of their own success?[/quote]
Not everybody and his brother but every other guy and his cousin.