Balblair 1790 BALBLAIR IS BORN The Balblair Distillery is established by local man, John Ross, on the estate of the Rosses of Balnagowan.
1824 John Ross THE ROSS FAMILY John Ross is joined by his son, Andrew, and thereafter the sons and grandsons of John Ross operated the Balblair farm and distillery until the last years of the 19th century.
1862 Railway FULL STEAM AHEAD The Highland Railway Company build the Inverness to Ardgay line, opening up new opportunities for Balblair.
1894 Balblair Gate ALEXANDER COWAN James Ross gives up the tenancy of Balblair to Alexander Cowan, a wine merchant from Inverness. He transforms the distillery, building offices, a still house, mash house, kiln and barns.
1895 Balblair Edderton Distillery MOVING WITH THE TIMES By now the railway had come to Balblair bringing coal for the still and boiler and barley for the malting. To take advantage of the railway line the Distillery is moved half a mile north to its current location.
1911 Distillery closes in 1911 MOTHBALLED Tough economic times force Balblair to cease production.
1932 Balblair filling station THE LAST DROP The last Balblair bottles of the era leave the warehouses.
1939 Bablair fermentation BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT It is probably just as well that the distillery was dry, as the next occupants were the Norwegian Army, after the buildings were commandeered by the British Army for the duration of the Second World War.
1948 Balblair Whisky casks being filled THE TRUE HIGHLAND SPIRIT LIVES ON Under Bertie’s stewardship, production resumes for the first time since before the First World War.
1949 Balblair Whisky Distillery Team ROBERT JAMES “BERTIE” CUMMING Robert James “Bertie” Cumming, a solicitor from Banff, purchases the distillery for £48,000.
1960 Balblair Distillery END OF THE LINE The Edderton Railway Station closes.
1964 Balblair Distillery aerial shot DISTILLERY EXPANSION Growing demand encourages Bertie to invest in extra warehouses and their first steam boiler.
1970 Balblair Distllery 1979 HIRAM WALKER Bertie sells Balblair to a man named Hiram Walker, whose company would later become Allied Distillers.
1980 Balblair Stills INVESTING IN THE FUTURE Extensive development happens throughout the 1980s.
1996 Balblair Distillery INVER HOUSE DISTILLERS Balblair Distillery is purchased by Inver House Distillers and so begins the newest chapter in the history of this timeless distillery.
2007 Balblair Cask 2007 VINTAGE BALBLAIR The distillery makes the move to release Balblair as a Vintage Whisky, with every bottling marked with the year in which the whisky was distilled.
2019 The Balblair Collection Balblair Whisky A NEW ERA The distillery releases a new range of age-statement expressions. Each one has its own unique characteristics, but all them exude our True Highland Spirit.