(PRWEB) September 16, 2012
Online Whisky site Whisky Marketplace, is back after the summer break with the fifth installment of WMP TV. Whisky Marketplace’s WMP TV takes viewers into a personal and in depth interview with some of the most knowledgeable and prominent figures in the Whisky business. This week Whisky Marketplace travels to Tain in the North East of Scotland to speak with John MacDonald, Distillery Manager at Balblair.
Established in 1790 by John Ross, Balblair distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland and the oldest working distillery in the Highlands. It is beautifully situated by the Dornoch Firth on the sweep of the Cambuscurrie Bay within sight of the ancient Clach Biorach standing stone. The distillery stayed in the Ross family until the late 19th century when the tenancy was taken over by Alexander Cowan for over half a century, before finally selling the freehold to Robert ‘Bertie’ Cumming.
Bertie’s impact on the distillery was unparalleled, as he expanded the distillery and increased production, before retiring in 1970 and selling to what became Allied Distillers. Finally, 1996, Balblair was purchased by Inver House Distillers which began this newest chapter in the history of this timeless scotch whisky distillery.
John MacDonald is a passionate and native Highlander with a lifetime's experience in creating unique whiskies. Each year John selects whiskies that have reached their exact point of 'optimum maturation', in other words, the peak of perfection. For John, patience is key. He doesn’t stand by a clock but instead he waits until the whisky says it’s ready and is perfect. Every year, he selects the finest examples of Balblair he can find through a measured and precise process. John lets the Bailbair Vintages follow a natural course, and complements this with traditional distilling methods. In episode 5, John takes us through how to observe the quality of the perfected whisky, the difference in the new expressions we can expect this year, the distillery’s involvement in the new Ken Loach film, and sheds light on the emergence of the Whisky sector as a whole.
For information on the WMP TV and to keep your finger on the pulse in the global Whisky industry, visit Whisky Marketplace at http://www.whiskymarketplace.co.uk and be sure to keep checking back for new insightful interviews with some of the industry’s leaders.