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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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This is a 12 year old, single cask Blair Athol from the Provenance range. It was distilled in Winter 1999 before a maturation in a refill butt. It was bottled in Autumn 2012.  More info
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A sherry matured Blair Athol, bottled as a "Cigar Malt" by Douglas Laing. There are just 300 bottles of this, and the producers recommend this be enjoyed with a medium to full flavoured cigar.  More info
A 12 year old Blair Athol, distilled on the 3rd February 1999 and aged in hogshead 777 before bottling by Signatory on the 8th November 2011. A release of 388 numbered bottles.  More info
$56.87
This was distilled at the Blair Athol distillery on the 3rd February 1999 and it was aged in hogshead 777 for 12 years before bottling on the 8th November 2011. A release of 388 numbered bottles.  More info
This was distilled at Blair Athol in Winter of 1999, before a 12 year maturation in a single sherry butt before bottling in Winter 2011 for Douglas Laing's Provenance range.  More info
$62.04
Distilled on the 8th of April 1998 at Blair Athol, this single cask whisky was aged in hogshead number 2763 for 13 years before bottling on the 6th September 2911. A release of 397 numbered bottles...  More info
$54.62
A single cask release from Douglas Laing, distilled at Blair Athol in 1997. It's a summer distillation that has been bottled as part of Douglas Laing's fascinating Provenance range after 15 years...  More info
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$79.98
Bottled by Càrn Mòr for their Strictly Limited range, this Blair Athol single malt Scotch whisky has been matured for 15 years in 2 hogshead casks. 693 bottles were produced.  More info
$82.97
A 16 year old, sherry butt-matured Blair Athol, specially bottled for Douglas Laing's stellar Director's Cut range. This was distilled in 1995 and bottled at natural cask strength in 2011…  More info
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$166.57
A 1993 'vintage' from the Gordon and MacPhail Connoisseur's Choice range and a delightful example of why this Eastern Highland distillery, Blair Athol, does not receive the credit it deserves.  More info
A 1995 vintage from the Blair Athol distillery, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. The distillery is known for its gentle, fresh, fruity, and slightly peaty whisky.  More info
Blair Athol is a crucial part of the Bell's blend but is a wonderful single malt in its own right, as demonstrated in this Gordon & MacPhail bottling.  More info
Distilled at Blair Athol in 1998 and bottled by BBR in 2009. Expect a sweet, buttery, spicy whisky  More info
$60.46
From Douglas Laing's Old Particular range of spectacular single cask bottlings, this Blair Athol from 1993 is really rather marvelous. A limited release of 477 bottles, matured in cask 9908, a...  More info
$136.42
A beautiful single cask Blair Athol from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled in August of 1990 and aged in a refill hogshead for 21 years before bottling in August 2011. A release...  More info
$116.19
A 22 year old single cask Blair Athol, distilled on the 17th May 1989 and aged in hogshead number 2938 before bottling by Signatory in January 2012. A release of 370 numbered, cask strength decanter...  More info
$134.34
This was distilled in May of 1989 at Blair Athol and it was aged for 22 years in cask 2926 before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their Rare Auld range in November 2011. A release of 277 numbered...  More info
A spicy Speyside malt distilled at Blair Athol in May 1989. It was aged for 22 years in cask 2928 before bottling at natural cask strength in March 2012.  More info
$137.11
This is a great Blair Athol bottled by Duncan Taylor. It's a fruity, nutty dram with an impressive, complex sweetness.  More info
$130.24
The Cask Strength Collection from Signatory is stacked with fantastic whiskies, and this 23 year old Blair Athol makes a fantastic addition to the range. It was distilled in June 1989, matured in cask...  More info
$145.11
This was distilled at Blair Athol in May 1989. It was then aged for 23 years in cask 2929 before bottling in June 2012 for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. A release of just 270 numbered bottles.  More info
$186.36
This was distilled at the Blair Athol distillery in May 1989 before a 23 year maturation in a single cask (number 2930). It was then bottled for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range and comes at natural...  More info
$143.95
Blair Athol is a Highland distillery in Pitlochry that I drove past a couple of days ago. Perhaps more importantly, it is the home of Bell's blended whisky and this 24 year old single cask spent a...  More info
$220.48
Aged for 25 years in a single refill bourbon cask, this was distilled in 1986 at Blair Athol, and it was bottled by Adelphi. A release of 184 bottles.  More info
After looking at the picture to the left, it should come as no surprise that this 25 year old Blair Athol single malt Scotch whisky spent its maturation in a refill Sherry butt. Just look at that...  More info
$155.69
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