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BALBLAIR         10 years old 40 %        
Proprietors: Balblair Distillery Co, Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

BALBLAIR         27 years old 40 %
LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY              
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1964
Bottled 1991
Proprietors: Balblair Distillery Co, Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

BALBLAIR         12 years old 45,7 %         
Distilled June 1965
LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY
Bottled September 1977
Proprietors: Balblair Distillery Co, Ltd
William Cadenhead,
18 Golden Square, Aberdeen

BALBLAIR         10 years old 40%               
Proprietors:
Balblair Distillery Company Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

BALBLAIR         35 years old 40 %           
Distilled 1964
Bottled 1999
Proprietors:
Balblair Distillery Company Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

BALBLAIR   geen leeftijd vermelding 40%     INFO    
A CREATION OF THE ELEMENTS
A Spirit of the Air
Distilled Where the Air is said
to be The Purest in Scotland
Inver House Distillers Ltd

BALBLAIR         16 years old 40 %              
A SPIRIT OF THE AIR
Inver House Distillers Ltd

BALBLAIR         33 years old 45,4%        
A SPIRIT OF THE AIR
Bottled 2000
Limited Edition
Genummerde flessen
Inver House Distillers Ltd

BALBLAIR         10 years old 40 %               
A SPIRIT OF THE AIR
Bottled: 2002
Inver House Distillers Ltd

BALBLAIR    Aged 12 years  61 %      INFO       
A SPIRIT OF THE AIR
SINGLE PEATY CASK
Distilled  1992
Cask no: 3026
Hand Selected
Peaty Cask CASK STRENGHT
Balblair Distillery, Edderton, Ross-shire

BALBLAIR    Aged 26 years 46 %       INFO          
A SPIRIT OF THE AIR
SPECIALIST BOTTLING
Distilled 1979
Bottled August 2005
BOURBON CASK
Non Chill-Filtered
Blablair Distillery, Edderton, Ross-shire

BALBLAIR          VINTAGE 1997  43  %
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Established in 1790
Distilled in 1997
Bottled 2007
Balblair Distillery, Edderton

BALBLAIR            VINTAGE 1989    43 %
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Established in 1790
Bottled 2007
Natural Colour
Balblair Distillery, Edderton

BALBLAIR          VINTAGE 1979       46 %
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Established in 1790
Distilled 1979
Bottled 2007
Natural Colour
Unchill Filtered
Balblair Distillery, Edderton

BALBLAIR   VINTAGE  1 9 9 1    43 % INFO
Established 1790
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Aged 18 years
Distilled: 1991
Bottled 2009
Natural Colour
Balblair Distillery, Edderton, Tain, Ross - shire


BALBLAIR   VINTAGE  1 9 9 2    46 % INFO
A  SPIRIT  OF  THE  AIR
Aged 13 years
Distilled 28th October 1992
Hand Selected
Limited Edition
One of 884 Bottles from
Three Bourbon Casks
Bottled September 2006
Balblair Distillery, Edderton,  Tain, Ross - shire

BALBLAIR   VINTAGE  2 0 0 1    46 %                        
1 st  RELEASE
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 2001
Bottled 2012
 Natural colour
Non Chill - filtered
Balblair Distillery, Edderton


BALBLAIR  INFO
VINTAGE  2 0 0 2   46 %                                    
1 st  RELEASE
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 2002
Bottled 2012
Natural colour
Non Chill - filtered
Balblair Distillery, Edderton

BALBLAIR  46 % INFO                               
VINTAGE  1 9 9 5
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 1995
Bottled 2012
Natural Colour
Unchill Filtered
Balblair Distillery, Edderton


BALBLAIR INFO
Aged  9  years  58 %                                    
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Date distilled: 12th May 2005
Cask type: Refill Barrel / ex Bourbon
Society Single Cask:  70.9
Outturn : One of only 231 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
Know your grape

The Northern Highlands
BALBLAIR (1790 - 1911)  (1949 - 1996)  (1996 -

Edderton, Ross-shire. Licentiehouder: Balblair Distillery Ltd. Balblair is onderdeel van sw Caledonian Malt Distillers Ltd. De Malt divisie van Allied Distillers Ltd. Onderdeel de Hiram Walker Group Ltd, de wijn- en gedistilleerd divisie van Allied Lyons Pic.
Gesticht in 1790, hoewel sommige bronnen ook het jaar 1749 als stichtingsjaar aangeven, maar dit slaat waarschijnlijk op een distilleerderij, ook met de naam Balblair die was gelegen op Black Isle, een paar kilometer zuidelijker.
Balblair betekent slagveld, waarschijnlijk uit de tijd stammend dat de Vikingen dit deel van Schotland binnenvielen.
Edderton staat bekend als de 'Parish of Peat'.
Balblair werd gesticht door John Ross en de distilleerderij bleef het eigendom van de familie tot 1894, toen Alexander Cowan, een wijnhandelaar te Inverness eigenaar werd.
Cowan verplaatste Balblair naar een hoger gelegen plaats, de lagerpakhuizen bleven op de oude, iets lager gelegen plek staan.
De lagerpakhuizen hebben een aarden vloer, uitgezonderd lagerpakhuis No. 3, die een be-tonnen vloer heeft, achtergelaten door het leger, dat hier was gehuisvest in de tweede wereldoorlog.
Balblair was gesloten van 1915 - 1947.
In 1947 kocht Robert Cumming Balblair, hij was ook al de eigenaar van (Old) Pulteney.
Hij breidde de distilleerderij uit en moderniseerde Balblair.
Wegens gebrek aan bestellingen verkocht Cumming de distilleerderij aan Hiram Walker.
De mouterij werd gesloten in 1975.
In Februari 1996 doet Allied Domecq de distilleerderij in de 'mottenballen'.
In datzelfde jaar koopt Inver House Balblair.
Het water komt van de Allt Dearg Burn.
De Mash tun is 4 ton.
De zes Wash backs zijn elk 21000 liter.
Er staat één Wash still van 12000 liter en twee Spirit stills van elk 8500 liter, die met stoom worden verhit.
De capaciteit is 750.000 liter spirit per jaar.
In 1995 koopt Inver House Balblair en (Old) Pulteney van Allied Domecq. De distilleerderij kat heet Whisky (2003).
September 2007
Werd tot nu toe Balblair uitgebracht als Elements, zonder leeftijd, 10-, 16-, en Limited Editions whiskies, worden de whiskies nu uitgebracht als Vintages.
De nieuwe flessen zijn bolvormig met een verwijzing naar de opmerkelijke stills. Op fles en etiket de kerven van de unieke Pictische standing stone nabij Balblair.
Manager is (2007) John MacDonald, Master Distiller is Stuart Harvey.
Produktie nu: 1,5 miljoen liter spirit per jaar.

Distillery Statistics
Current Annual Distillery Output: 1.27 litres of alcohol
Cask storage: 26.000 casks in traditional Dunnage warehouses

Water source:    Allt Dearg Burn in the Struie Hills
Malt Source:   Muir of Ord Maltings
Malt Storage:   300 T
Mill Type:   Porteus
Grist Storage:   4,6 T x 2
Mash Tun Conxtruction:   Traditional rakes, Steel
Mash Size:   4,6 T
No. of Wash Backs:   6
Wash Back Construction:   Oregon Pine
Wash Back Capacity:   30.000
Yeast:   Maori
No. of Wash Stills:   1
Wash Still Charge:    19.600 litres
Heat Source:   Steam Pans
Wash Still Shape:   Traditional
No. of Spirit Stills:      
Spirit Still Charges:   11.800 litres
Heat Source:   Steam Pans
Spirit Still Shape:   Traditional

1790   John Ross sticht Balblair
1824   Andrew Ross, zoon van, neemt Balblair over, vertrekt na een paar jaar
  naar Brora, en John Ross neemt Balblair wer over
1836   John Ross sterft en Andrew Ross, geholpen door zijn zoons neemt de dis-
  tilleerderij over
1872   Een nieuwe distilleerderij wordt gebouwd, de oude wordt gebruikt als
  lagerpakhuis
1873   Andrew Ross sterft en zijn zoon James neemt de distilleerderij over
1894   James Ross start een nieuwe distilleerderij
  Balnagowan Estate sluit een nieuw contract met Alexander Cowan voor de
  tijd van zestig jaar.
  Er wordt bepaald in het pachtcontract dat er een nieuwe distilleerderij
  gebouwd moet worden, ter vervanging van de bestaande.
  De nieuwe Balblair wordt een paar kilometer van de oude gebouwd, vlak-
  bij een spoorlijn
1911   Alexander Cowan stopt met beatlen en de distilleerderij sluit
  Medewerkers verkopen in de volgende 20 jaar de voorraden, dit houdt op
  in 1932
  Gedurende deze jaren is er geen produktie
1941   Balnagowan Estate gaat bankroet en Balblair staat te koop
1948   Robert Cumming, advokaat te Keith koopt de distilleerderij voor £ 48.000
1949   Balblair wordt weer opgestart
1970   Robert Cumming verkoopt Balblair aan Hiram Walker
  Er wordt een derde ketel geïnstalleerd
1988   Door de overname van Allied Distillers van Hiram Walker, komt Allied Dis-
  tillers in het bezit van Balblair
1996   Allied Domecq doet Balblair in de motteballen, maar hetzelfde jaar wordt
  Inver House de nieuwe eigenaar.
2001   Great Oriole Group neemt Inver House over
2004……Balblair 38 years is launched
2005……Balblair 12 years Peaty cask is launched
                        Balblair 26 years 1979 is launched
                        Balblair 35 years 1970 is launched
2006……International Beverage Holdings acquires Pacific Spirits U K
2007……3 new Vintages replaces the entire former range
                        1979, 1989, 1997
2008 ……Vintages 1975 and 1965 are launched
2009 ……Vintages 1991 and 1990 are launched
2010…….Vintages 1978 and 2000 are launched

Ontstaan door een management - buy - out, onder leiding van Bill Robertson en Angus Graham, die £ 8,2 miljoen investeerden.
November 2001 werd Inver House voor £ 56 miljoen gekocht door Pacific Spirits, onderdeel van de op de Virgin Islands gevestigde Great Oriole Group van de Thaise zakenman Charoen Sirivadhanabakdi.
Manager van Pacific Spirits is Ooi Boon Aun.
Robertson en Graham ontvangen samen £ 37 miljoen en ook de 130 medewerkers ontvangen geld, sommigen £ 50.000.
Inbegrepen in de koop zijn de vijf distilleerderijen Knockdhu, Speyburn, (Old) Pulteney Balblair en Balmenach.

We, the most distant dwellersupon the earth, the last of the free, have been shielded…by our
Remoteness and by the obscurity which has shrouded our name… Beyond us lies no nation,
nothing but waves and rocks.
Pictish Chief Calgacus, recorded by the Roman enemy in the words of Tacitus almost 2.000
years ago.

Within sight of the Balblair Distillery, on the ancient plain of Eadar Dun, lies a great stone
monument: erected over four millennia ago by a race now lost to history. This symbol stone
has endured both time and season, and is testament to the people who raised it against the
brooding backdrop of the Ardross Hills

There arose a new nation, the Picts, who for a period took their place in the annals of Scottish
history and imbued the stone with their myth and legend. With singular talent and passion they
carved their sacred symbols, the salmon, a magical creature with the ability to pass safely  
between fresh water, sea and air, and the double disc. Representing this world by day and the
other world by night, the sun´s two faces, benign in summer, malevolent in winter

It is this sacred stone, the ´Clach Biorach´, meaning sharp stone, which has inspired Balblair
The Pictish symbols and ancient legends, ageless in a time of change, are part of the very
essence of Balblair where the stone stands alone over the distillery, silent and elusive, as
it has done all these ages past.

Balblair Distillery, located in the Northern Highlands of Scotland was founded by John Ross
in 1790 on the shores of the Dornoch Firth in the village of Edderton.

This village takes its name from the ancient settlement of Eadar Dun, meaning ´between the
forts´. It is on the very hills where these `forts´reside that the pure water of the Ault Dearg burn
runs freely, supplying the distillery with the same rich source for over 200 years.

18 january 2010

The home of Balblair malt whisky at Edderton, near Tain has hosted its first wedding

Lynne Keating and Gregor Black, both police officers from East Lothian, thought
The picturesque Easter Ross distillery would be a "dram"fine place to tie the knot
after friends who own the nearby Carnegie Lodge Hotel recommended it

The couple visited, met distillery manager vJohn MacDonald and were so impressed by the beautiful location that they booked it for the big day

"There's something quite special about a perfectly matured Highland single malt whisky
about the essence of a VINTAGE year, captured in a bottle. About tasting it. Feeling it ".

John McDonald, Distillery Manager


BALBLAIR DISTILLERY ESTABLISHED
Balblair Distillery is established in 1790 by local man, John Ross, although the first known records date from 1749.

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
RAILWAY OPENS
The Highland Railway Company build the Inverness to Ardgay line which opens on 1st June 1862.

1894
Balblair Gate
ALEXANDER COWAN
James Ross givesup the tenancy of Balblair which is transferred to Alexander Cowan, an Inverness wine merchant. Cowan brings Balblair into the 20th Century by building the present offices, still house, mash house, kiln and barns.

1895
Balblair Distillery & Railway Line
DISTILLERY RELOCATION
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 led to the distillery ceasing production.

1932
Balblair pagoda
THE LAST DROP
The last drop of whisky leaves the warehouses in 1932.

1939
Balblair Washbacks
OCCUPATION
It is probably just as well that the Distillery was dry, as the next occupants were the army, who commandeered the buildings at the outbreak of the Second World War until 1945.

1948
Balblair Workforce 1949
ROBERT JAMES “BERTIE” CUMMING
Robert James “Bertie” Cumming, a solicitor from Banff, purchases the distillery for £48,000.

1949
Production resumes 1949
PRODUCTION RESUMES
Production resumes for the first time since before the First World War.

1960
Balblair Distillery
LOCAL RAIL STATION CLOSES
The Edderton Railway Station closes in 1960.

1964
Balblair Aerial Shot
DISTILLERY EXPANSION
Balblair Distillery expands with extra warehouses and the first steam boiler.

1970
Balblair Distllery 1979
ALLIED DISTILLERS
Cummings sells Balblair Distillery to Hiram Walker, the company that later becomes Allied Distillers.

1980
Balblair Stills
DISTILLERY IMPROVEMENTS
Extensive development happens throughout the 1980's. A new roof is put on the mash house where two new steel grist bins are installed.

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
VINTAGES TIMED TO PERFECTION
In 2007 the bold move is taken to only release Balblair as a Vintage Whisky. Every bottle of Balblair captures the essence of its Vintage year, the year in which it was distilled and laid down in casks.

2007
1997, 1989 and 1979 whisky
March
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1997, 1989 & 1979
Every Balblair cask is sampled, judged and hand-selected by our Distillery Manager, John MacDonald, to find its optimum maturation point, the point at which each Vintage says its ready. The first Vintages released are 1997, 1989 and 1979.

2007
1986 whisky
December
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1986
Balblair Vintage 1986 is launched Exclusively for Global Travel Retail.

2008
whisky bottle
January
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1975
Balblair Vintage 1975 is released in January 2008 as the replacement Vintage for 1979.

2008
bottle label
July
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1990
Balblair Vintage 1990 is released as the Global Travel Retail exclusive in replace of Vintage 1986.

2008
1965 whisky
October
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1965
Balblair launches its oldest offering to date, Balblair Vintage 1965. This Single Cask was distilled on 23rd March 1965 and matured in an American Oak ex-Sherry butt producing only 350 bottles.

2009
1978 whisky
January
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1978
Balblair Vintage 1978 is released as the replacement of 1975.

2009
1991 whisky
March
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1991
Balblair Vintage 1991 is introduced as the replacement for Vintage 1989.

2010
whisky bottle
July
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 2000
Balblair Vintage 2000 is launched to replace Vintage 1997.

2010
1989 whisky
August
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1989 2ND RELEASE
The 2nd release of Balblair 1989 replaces Balblair 1991.

2010
1993 whisky
October
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1993
Balblair 1993 is launched as a market Exclusive Vintage in Russia.

2011
whisky bottle
February
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1995
Balblair Vintage 1995 is launched as a Swedish Exclusive.

2011
2000 whisky
July
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 2000 2ND RELEASE
Balblair launches its 2nd release of Vintage 2000.

2011
1991 whisky
September
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1991 2ND RELEASE
1991 2nd releases replace 1989 2nd release.

2011
1995 whisky
October
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1995 2ND RELEASE
Balblair Vintage 1995 2nd Release is released as a Global Travel Retail Exclusive, replacing Vintage 1990.

2011
whisky bottle
November
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 2001
Balblair Vintage 2001 replaces Vintage 2000 2nd release.

2011
Distillery Visitor Centre
November
BALBLAIR OPENS ITS DOORS
Balblair opens its doors to visitors offering personal Distillery tours, exclusive hand bottlings and shop. The 'Time Capsule' rooms allows visitors to learn more about the history of Balblair and experience the sights and sounds of particular past years

2012
1989 whisky
February
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1989 3RD RELEASE
Balblair Vintage 1989 3rd release is launched in place of 1991 2nd release.

2012
1975 whisky
February
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1975 2ND RELEASE
The 2nd release of 1975 replaces 1978 2nd release.

2012
1996 whisky
June
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1996
Balblair Vintage 1996 is launched as a Global Travel Retail Exclusive.

2012
whisky bottle
July
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 2002
Balblair Vintage 2002 is launched as the replacement Vintage for 2001.

2012
1997 whisky
September
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1997 2ND RELEASE
A 2nd release of the popular Balblair Vintage 1997 is launched.

2012
1969 whisky
November
BALBLAIR VINTAGE 1969
Balblair Vintage 1969 is launched firstly in the States, with globally availability rolling out later in 2013.

2013
Balblair Bottles
November
INTRODUCTION OF NEW VINTAGES
For the first time since 2007, 3 brand new Vintages are introduced simultaneously; Balblair Vintage 2003, Vintage 1990 2nd Release and Vintage 1983, as well as the global introdcution of Balblair 1969.

2014
travel retail whisky
March
NEW VINTAGES EXCLUSIVELY FOR TRAVEL RETAIL
March 2014 saw Balblair release three new Vintages exclusively in the Travel Retail channel. Balblair Vintage 2004, matured in bourbon barrels, the first release of the Balblair Vintage 1999 and the Balblair Vintage 2004, which is matured in sherry butts

2014
BB 99 WEB
June
BALBLAIR 1999 VINTAGE
This summer sees the launch of the second release of the 1999 Vintage from Balblair Single Malt Scotch Whisky.


BALBLAIR DISTILLERY

HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

The aim here is to produce a richly fruity new make character, meaning clear worts, long fermentation in wooden washbacks before distillation in small, stumpy stills. This produces a sulphury/meaty note to the new make. In time this does two things: the sulphur lifts to show the delicate fruits behind, while the meatiness changes to add sweet toffee notes and, after extended ageing, a notable spiciness. Like most sulphury sites, time is required for this to happen.  



The first Balblair distillery was built by the Ross family near Edderton in 1790, but in 1872 production was shifted to a new site next to the (then new) railway line which linked Wick to Inverness. The Ross family ran the site for its first 100 years, before Alexander Cowan took charge, but like so many distilleries it suffered at the start of the 20th century and was closed in 1911, not reopening until after WWII when Churchill set out his edict that whisky needed to be made and sold to the US.

Robert ‘Bertie’ Cumming, the owner of Old Pulteney, bought the silent site and ran it until 1970 when Canadian distiller Hiram Walker took over – before it was absorbed into what became Allied Distillers. The latter firm sold it on to the enterprising Inver House in 1996.

Bottlings had been intermittent – Balblair Elements was released in 2000 – but in 2007, Inver House radically repackaged the single malt and, taking a leaf from Glenrothes’ book, began bottling it in ’vintage’ releases. From being a pretty much unknown malt, the new look and the quality of the liquid were both revelatory.

In 2013 Balblair acted as the distillery where the (fictitious) only extant cask of Malt Mill was auctioned in Ken Loach’s whisky caper ‘The Angel’s Share’.

TIMELINE

1790
Balblair distillery is founded by John Ross, whose family runs production for 100 years
1894
James Ross sells Balblair to Inverness wine merchant Alexander Cowan, who builds a new still house, mash house, kiln and barns
1895
The distillery is moved half a mile north to take advantage of the new Inverness to Ardgay railway line
1911
Balblair is mothballed
1932
The last drop of whisky left in Balblair’s warehouses is sold
1939
The distillery is commandeered by the army for the duration of World War II
1948
Banff solicitor and owner of Old Pulteney, Robert James ‘Bertie’ Cumming, purchases the distillery for £48,000
1949
Production resumes at the distillery for the first time since before WWI
1964
Balblair distillery expands with the addition of further warehousing and its first steam boiler
1970
Cummings sells the distillery to Hiram Walker, which later became Allied Distillers
1996
Inver House Distillers purchases Balblair
2007
Balblair decides to only release vintage bottlings, the first three of which are a 1997, 1989 and 1979 expressions
2013
Vintages are replaced throughout the years as stocks run out, but in 2013 the distillery released three new vintages: 2003, 1990 and 1983.
BALBLAIR FACTS

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
1.6
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
48hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
68%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
4.75
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam
MALT SPECIFICATION i
1.5ppm
MALT SUPPLIER i
Crisp, Bairds, Boort
MASH TUN MATERIAL i
Stainless Steel
MASH TUN TYPE i
Semi Lauter
NEW-MAKE PHENOL LEVEL i
0ppm
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
68%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
11,751
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Classic
STILLS i
2
WAREHOUSING i
8 dunnage warehouses
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
19,000
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Classic
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
21,500
WASHBACK TYPE i
Wood
WASHBACKS i
6
WATER SOURCE i
Allt Dearg Burn
WORT CLARITY i
Fune, bright wort
YEAST TYPE i
Mauri MX liquid
OWNERS

International Beverage Holdings logo
PARENT COMPANY

International Beverage Holdings
2006 - present
CURRENT OWNER

Inver House Distillers
1996 - present
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Allied Domecq
1994 - 1996
Allied Lyons
1988 - 1994
Hiram Walker & Sons
1970 - 1988
Robert Cumming
1948 - 1970
Alexander Cowan
1894 - 1911
The Ross Family
1790 - 1894





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