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Blair Athol

The picturesque Pitlochry-based distillery lies close to Edradour and is unconnected with the simarly spelt town, Blair Atholl. The water tumbles down the 841m peak, Ben Vrackie and into the 2.5million litres the distillery produces annually. The distillery was founded under the name Aldour in 1778, by Robert Robertson. In 1825, he expanded and renamed the facilities Blair Athol. The distillery has had a long association with Bell’s Blended Scotch - their roots were entwined as far back as the mid nineteenth century.

Blair Athol changed hands several times during the 1800s and eventually closed in 1932. A year later the distillery was acquired by Arthur Bell and Sons and today as much as 95% of the outturn is bourbon-matured and used in Bell’s blended products. The whisky boasts a swift maturation and the remaining five or so percent of spirit is aged in sherry casks and sold as single malt, mostly by independent bottlers.

Following the Guinness Group's acquisition of Arthur Bell and Sons and the subsequent affiliation with United Distillers, Diageo are now the current owners of Blair Athol. Thus, the malt is now lorried in from Diageo’s central Roseisle maltings. In 1987, a visitor centre was installed and now the well-groomed distillery enjoys in excess of 30,000 visitors annually.

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About Blair Athol Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01796 482003

Distillery Founded

1798

Distillery Capacity

2 500 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Address

Perth Road, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5LY

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1798

John Stewart and Robert Robertson found Aldour Distillery, the predecessor to Blair Athol. The name is taken from the adjacent river Allt Dour.

1825

The distillery is expanded by Robert Robertson and takes the name Blair Athol Distillery.

1826

The Duke of Atholl leases the distillery to Alexander Connacher & Co.

1832

The distillery closes.

1860

Elizabeth Connacher runs the distillery.

1882

Peter Mackenzie & Company Distillers Ltd of Edinburgh (future founders of Dufftown Distillery) buys Blair Athol and expands it.

1932

The distillery is mothballed.

1933

Arthur Bell & Sons takes over by acquiring Peter Mackenzie & Company.

1949

Production restarts.

1973

Stills are expanded from two to four.

1985

Guinness Group buys Arthur Bell & Sons.

1987

A visitor centre is built.

2003

A 27 year old cask strength from 1975 is launched in Diageo’s Rare Malts series.

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Blair Athol single malt, bottled by the chaps at Langside Distillers in 2014, after it was matured in a refill hogshead for 11 years. Part of the Hepburn's Choice range. 421 bottles were produced.  More info
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Single malt Scotch whisky from the Blair Athol distillery, well known as a component of the classic Bell's blend. This release comes to us from Douglas Laing's Provenance series, which celebrates the...  More info
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Bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Octave range, this 24 year old Blair Athol was finished for 11 months in a tiny octave cask, producing just 63 bottles.  More info
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The Blair Athol distillery produced the single malt Scotch whisky used in this Dimensions release in 1991 and left it to mature in cask 7235. 22 years later in 2013, Duncan Taylor bottled it all up...  More info
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The Blair Athol edition of Diageo's recent Managers Choice range of single casks from every distillery in their arsenal. This was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2009 from cask number 5989. Each...  More info
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A Hepburn's Choice bottling of Blair Athol single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2014 with an outturn of 394 bottles. The Blair Athol distillery is known as the home of the...  More info
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A Wemyss bottling of Blair Athol single malt Scotch whisky, left to age in a single barrel from 1992 to 2014. 338 bottles were produced and bestowed the title Blackcurrant Coulis. A fruit-laden dram...  More info
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24 year old Blair Athol single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Càrn Mòr Celebration of the Cask range. It was distilled in November 1989 and set aside to mature in a single hogshead cask until...  More info
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Spending 16 years in a sherry butt has imparted a great deal of flavour and colour to this Blair Athol single malt Scotch whisky. Hunter Laing bottled this delectable dram in October 2013 with an...  More info
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Sherry butt-matured Blair Athol single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in Spring 1999 and bottled in Summer 2013. It has been bottled at 14 years old, by Douglas Laing as part of their Provenance range...  More info
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From Douglas Laing's Premier Barrel range comes the bodacious Blair Athol 11 year old single malt Scotch whisky, presented in a delightful decanter which is awash with alliteration. 388 decanters of...  More info
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This Blair Athol is part of the John Milroy Selection bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd. John Milroy led the Scotch Single Malt movement in London from the early 60’s with his brother Wallace.  More info
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