Balmoral drills 6.73 m of 23.82 g/t Au at Detour

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – Dec. 17, 2012) – Balmoral Resources Ltd. (“Balmoral” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:BAR)(OTCQX:BALMF) today reported additional broad, high-grade gold intercepts from the Bug Lake area of the Company’s Detour Gold Trend Project in Quebec. Drill hole MDE-12-72 returned the highest grade intercept to date from the Bug Lake Zone – 6.73 metres grading 23.82 g/t gold – from a vertical depth of only 25 metres. The same hole intersected the Footwall Zone which returned a similarly high-grade intercept of 16.53 g/t gold over 6.21 metres (at a vertical depth of only 49 metres).

Drilling continues to confirm the continuity of at least three closely spaced, high-grade gold zones, the Footwall, Bug Lake and Hanging Wall Zones, within the Bug Lake Fault corridor. The Bug Lake Zone continues to demonstrate good overall widths including intercepts of 8.54 g/t gold over 19.08 metres and 1.98 g/t gold over 44.48 metres, frequently with higher grade sub-intercepts. The Hanging Wall Zone, located approximately 60 metres east of the Bug Lake Zone, continues to return high grade values including 36.01 g/t gold over 2.07 metres from hole MDE-12-70. Results for an additional 11 holes completed during the fall 2012 drill program remain pending. Winter road construction is now underway in preparation for the next phase of drilling which is slated to begin in early January 2013.

Gold Results
Hole From To Interval* Gold Zone
Number (Metres) (Metres) (Metres) (g/t)
MDE-12-67 56.33 78.82 22.49 0.70 Bug Lake
including 74.81 75.43 0.62 6.19
MDE-12-68 36.90 48.10 11.20 0.40 Hanging Wall
70.47 114.95 44.48 1.98 Bug Lake
including 70.47 80.00 9.53 6.43
which includes 71.08 72.35 1.27 13.57
and 77.13 79.29 2.16 13.73
and including 88.85 93.18 4.33 3.59
MDE-12-69 58.50 59.16 0.66 8.97 Hanging Wall
85.15 86.60 1.45 23.54 ?
113.27 183.05 69.78 0.51 Bug Lake
including 113.27 132.17 18.90 0.99
MDE-12-70 48.26 67.26 19.00 1.10 ?
including 50.30 52.46 2.16 3.33 ?
79.71 81.78 2.07 36.01 Hanging Wall
including 81.10 81.78 0.68 77.60
171.30 184.43 13.13 0.75 Bug Lake
MDE-12-71a 86.88 88.23 1.35 29.96 Footwall
MDE-12-72 25.73 44.81 19.08 8.54 Bug Lake
including 25.73 32.46 6.73 23.82
which includes 29.30 32.46 3.16 49.18
59.19 65.40 6.21 16.53 Footwall
including 59.19 62.04 2.85 34.43
* Reported drill intercepts are not true widths. At this time there is insufficient data with respect to the shape of the mineralization to calculate true orientations in space.

“With further confirmation of exceptional grades, over good widths, at extremely shallow depths, in multiple zones the Bug Lake discoveries are providing Balmoral with another high-value gold asset at a time when global gold discovery rates continue to fall,” said Darin Wagner, President and CEO of Balmoral. “As exciting as the Martiniere area results continue to be, the best news for our shareholders as we head into 2013 may be that these discoveries occupy less than 0.5% of our extensive land holdings along the Detour Gold Trend and that we are fully funded to continue aggressive expansion/exploration of the Martiniere discoveries and this outstanding land package through 2013.”

Drill holes MDE-12-67, 68, 69 and 70 were collared from the same collar location at progressively steeper angles. All four holes tested the Bug Lake Zone. Holes MDE-12-67 and 68 tested for potential extensions of the Footwall Zone and holes MDE-12-68, 69 and 70 intersected the Hanging Wall Zone. Holes MDE-12-71a and 72 were collared to test the up-plunge projection of the Footwall Zone. Hole MDE-12-72, the steeper of the two holes, also intersected the western margin of the Bug Lake Zone immediately beneath overburden cover. Revised long-sections for each of the Footwall, Bug Lake and Hanging Wall Zones have now been posted on the Company’s website atwww.balmoralresources.com.

The Martiniere Property, which hosts the Martiniere West, Central and ME-16 Zones, and the multiple high-grade gold discoveries within the Bug Lake Corridor, forms part of Balmoral’s 82 kilometre long Detour Gold Trend Project located along the Sunday Lake deformation zone in Central Quebec adjacent to the developing Detour Gold deposit in Ontario.

Quality Control

Mr. Darin Wagner (P.Geo.), President and CEO of the Company, is the non-independent qualified person for the technical disclosure contained in this news release. Mr. Wagner has supervised the work programs on the Martiniere Property, visited the property on multiple occasions, examined the drill core and/or photographs from the holes summarized in this release, discussed and reviewed the results with senior on-site geological staff and reviewed the available analytical and quality control results.

Balmoral has implemented a quality control program for all of its drill programs, to ensure best practice in the sampling and analysis of the drill core, which includes the insertion of blind blanks, duplicates and certified standards into sample stream. NQ sized drill core is saw cut with half of the drill core sampled at intervals based on geological criteria including lithology, visual mineralization and alteration. The remaining half of the core is stored on-site at the Company’s Martiniere field camp in Central Quebec. Drill core samples are transported in sealed bags to ALS Minerals Val d’Or, Quebec analytical facilities. Gold analyses are obtained via industry standard fire assay with atomic absorption finish using 30 g aliquots. For samples returning greater than 5.00 g/t gold follow-up fire assay analysis with a gravimetric finish is completed. The Company has also requested that any samples returning greater than 10.00 g/t gold undergo screen metallic fire assay. Following receipt of assays visual analysis of mineralized intercepts is conducted and additional analysis may be requested. ALS Minerals is ISO 9001:2008 certified and the Val d’Or facilities are ISO 17025 certified for gold analysis.

About Balmoral Resources Ltd. – www.balmoralresources.com

Balmoral is a Vancouver-based precious metal exploration and development company focused on high-grade gold discoveries along the Detour Gold Trend in Quebec, Canada. With a philosophy of creating value through the drill bit and with a focus on proven productive precious metal belts, Balmoral is following an established formula with a goal of maximizing shareholder value through discovery and definition of high-grade, Canadian gold assets.

On behalf of the board of directors of Balmoral Resources Ltd.

Darin Wagner, President and CEO

This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively, “forward looking statements”) within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein, including statements regarding the anticipated content, commencement, duration and cost of exploration programs, anticipated exploration program results, the discovery and delineation of mineral deposits/resources/reserves, the timing of the receipt of assay results, and business and financing plans and trends, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar expressions or are those which, by their nature, refer to future events. Although the Company believes that such statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements by the Company are not guarantees of future performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations include those related to weather, equipment and staff availability; performance of third parties; risks related to the exploration stage of the Company’s projects; market fluctuations in prices for securities of exploration stage companies and in commodity prices; and uncertainties about the availability of additional financing; risks related to the Company’s ability to identify one or more economic deposits on the properties, and variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located on the properties; risks related to the Company’s ability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its activities on the properties; and risks related to the Company’s ability to produce minerals from the properties successfully or profitably. Trading in the securities of the Company should be considered highly speculative. All of the Company’s public disclosure filings may be accessed via www.sedar.com and readers are urged to review these materials, including the latest technical reports filed with respect to the Company’s mineral properties.

This news release contains information with respect to adjacent or similar mineral properties in respect of which the Company has no interest or rights to explore or mine. Readers are cautioned that the Company has no interest in or right to acquire any interest in any such properties, and that mineral deposits on adjacent or similar properties are not indicative of mineral deposits on the Company’s properties.

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Balmoral Resources Ltd.
John Toporowski
Manager, Corporate Development
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