The original Balblair was built in 1870, but the site was moved entirely in 1872 to take advantage of the just built Inverness to Wick train line. The distillery, like many, suffered economically during the Great Wars and was closed until after WWII. Following several changes of ownership, Balblair was bought by Inverhouse (owners of Old Pulteney) in 1996. Few bottlings came for the distillery until 2007 when a total repackaging and relaunch saw Balblair bottle by vintage rather than by age, with a unique and eye-catching design. The quality of the whisky being just as good as the design is testament to the 21st rebirth of this old distillery.