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Balblair and Old Pulteney: Distinctive Single Malts

April 25, 2012

Tags: Balblair, Balblair 2000, Old Pulteney, Old Pulteney 12 Year-Old

The Balblair distillery was founded in 1790, north of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. It claims to be one of the oldest working distilleries in the country, although a second Balblair facility was built in 1895, closer to the Edderton Railway Station on the Inverness and Ross-shire Railway Line. The fortunes of both Balblairs oscillated over the years, but they used the same water source---pure, soft and untreated water that flows down from the Allt Dearg burn and forms the foundation of the whisky’s distinctive taste. (more…)