Balblair Distillery

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General
Pronunciation bal’blair Pronunciation
Translation The Farm on the Moor
Region Highlands
Distiller Balblair Distillery Co. Ltd.
Owner Inver House Distillers Ltd.
Address Edderton
Tain
Ross-shire
IV19 1LB
Scotland
Telephone +44 (0)1862 - 82 12 73
+44 (0)1862 - 82 13 60 (Fax)
LatLong 57° 50’ 25.8” N   04° 10’ 49.5” W
Altitude 12 m
Grid Reference NH707847
Website www.balblair.com
www.inverhouse.com/distilleries-balblair.php
E-mail derek_sinclair@inverhouse.com
enquiries@inverhouse.com
Open to public Open to public by appointment only
Remarks

History
c.1790
Said to have been founded by John Ross
1798-99
James McKeddy
1800-Jan-25
Entry in the distillery’s ledger reading :

"Sale to David Kirkcaldy at Ardmore, one gallon of whisky at £1.8.0d"
1817
John Ross went bankrupt
1817-19
James Harper
1824
John Ross’s son Andrew starts to take over the distillery, but leaves for the Brora Distillery. John takes over again
1825-31
John Ross & Co. when dissolved
1831
Andrew Ross continued on his own account
1836
John Ross dies, and the distillery is taken over by Andrew with the help of his sons
1849
Andrew Ross & Co. dissolved
....
Continued by Andrew Ross
1860
Andrew Ross & Son, who moved to the new Balblair
1872
New buildings are built and replace the old ones, which are now in use as warehouses
1873
Andrew Ross dies. The distillery is taken over by his son James
1894-95
James Ross moves to another distillery, none of his sons take over Balblair. Balnagowan Estate signs a 60 year lease with Alexander Cowan, who builds a new distillery near the railway, a few kilometers from the old one. This distillery is designed by Charles C. Doig
1911
Alexander Cowan is forced to cease payments, and the distillery closes. The entire stock is sold by the staff until everything was gone in 1932, but there was no production
1941
Balnagowan Estate went bankrupt, and the distillery was put for sale
1948
Robert Cumming, a lawyer from Keith, buys the distillery for £48,000. The distillery is expanded
1949
In production again
1964
Stills became steamheated
1970
The distillery is sold to Hiram Walker by Robert Cumming. A third still is installed
1988
Hiram Walker and Allied Vintners merge to Allied Distillers, that becomes the new owner of the distillery now
1996
The plan is launched by Allied Domecq to mothball the distillery, but eventually it is sold to Inver House Distillers
2001
Pacific Spirits (part of the Great Oriole Group) takes over Inver House Distillers
2006
International Beverage Holdings takes over Pacific Spirits UK from the Great Oriole Group

Technical Specifications
General Water Source
for production and cooling from the Ault Dearg Burn
  Annual Output
  Finished Spirit (phenols)
  Blending Roles
mainly for blending (Inver House, Catton’s, Hankey Bannister, Mac Arthur’s, Pinwinnie Royal and the liquor Heather Cream)
Malt Malt Source
  Malt Type
  Malt Specification (phenols)
  Own Malting Floor
  Malt Storage
Mill
  Grist Storage
Mashing Mash Tun
  Mash Size
  First Water
  Second Water
  Third Water
  Fourth Water
Fermentation Washbacks 6 made of Oregon Pine
  Washback Charge
  Yeast
  Amount of Yeast
  Length of Fermentation
  Initial Fermentation Temp.
  Strength of Wash
Distillation Wash Stills 1
  Wash Still Built
  Wash Still Charge
  Heat Source steamheated
  Wash Still Height
  Lyne Arm
  Low Wines Run
  Low Wines Collection Range
  Spirit Stills
2, only 1 in use
  Spirit Still Built
  Spirit Still Charge
  Strength of Spirit Still Charge
  Heat Source steamheated
  Spirit Still Height
  Lyne Arm
  Coolers condensers
  Foreshot Run
  Spirit Run
  Feints Run
  Spirit Cut
  Distilling Strength
Storage Storage Strength
  Average Spirit Yield
  Disposal of Pot Ale/Spent Lees
  Type of Casks bourbon and refill
  Warehouses
  Vatting and Bottling Location



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