Distilled over a quarter century ago, each of these single malts has earned Gold Medals.
Situated in the Highlands region of Scotland, the Balblair Distillery was founded in 1790 by John Ross. For over a century, Ross and his son, Andrew, sheparded the distillery forward. In 1895, however, the distillery was purchased by Alexander Cowan, an Inverness wine merchant, and relocated to be closer to the Edderton Railway Station (at the time, coal and barley arrived at the distillery via rail). Nevertheless, Cowan was so impressed by the distillery's original water source (the Ault Dearg burn) that he chose to ignore a nearby burn in favor of the water that the Ross family had been using for over a hundred years. Today, the Balblair Distillery continues to source its water from the Ault Dearg burn.
Balblair Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from plump, ripe Scottish barley, which is malted and fermented using water from the same source the Ross Family began using nearly 225 years ago. Following fermentation, the grains are twice distilled through the Balblair's copper-pot stills. After distillation, Balblair's stillmen remove the heads and tails of the distillate and preserve only the "hearts"for maturation (the hearts comprise less than 20% of the entire distillate).
Unlike other Scottish distilleries that bottle their whiskies with an age statement, Balblair Distillery bottles its whisky with a vintage statement. This method of bottling, which emphasizes maturity rather than age, allows Balblair's Distillery Manager — John MacDonald — to bottle the whisky when it has reached its peak flavor profile. "There's something quite special about a perfectly matured, Highland single malt whisky," says MacDonald. "About having the essence of a vintage year, captured in a bottle. About tasting it. About feeling it."
Balblair 1975 Single Malt Scotch Whisky was distilled in 1975 and launched in February 2012. The whisky has a rich golden color, along with an aroma of citrus fruit, soft vanilla and toffee. The aroma gives way to notes of fresh fruit, honey, oak and cloves on the palate, and leads to a long, layered finish. Balblair 1975 Single Malt Scotch Whisky earned the Gold Medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2013.
Balblair 1989 Single Malt Scotch Whisky has a honey-golden appearance, with an aroma of oak, warm toffee and vanilla. The aroma gives way to notes of raisins, figs and fruit on the palate and ends with a long, complex finish. The whisky earned a score of 94 points from the Beverage Testing Institute, and the Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
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1975 - 92 (46% ABV); 1989 - 86 (43% ABV)
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1975: Rich golden color. Aroma of citrus fruit, soft vanilla and toffee. Notes of fresh fruit, honey, oak and cloves on the palate. Long, layered finish.