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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.

Blair Athol 10 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

From Douglas Laing's Premier Barrel range. This 10 year old Blair Athol (matured in a sherry cask) is part of a limited outturn of 651 decanters. The producers bill this single barrel whisky as "A…  More info

Blair Athol 10 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

Blair Athol 27 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 54.7%

A cask strength release from Diageo's Rare Malts range, bottled in April of 2003 after 27 years maturation. This single malt represents a great chance to own an older bottling from the Highland…  More info

Blair Athol 27 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

Blair Athol 12 Year Old 1999 - Old Malt Cask - Cigar Malt l (Douglas Laing)

20cl, 50%

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

Blair Athol 12 Year Old 1999 - Old Malt Cask - Cigar Malt l (Douglas Laing)

Blair Athol 23 Year Old 1989 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.4%

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

Blair Athol 23 Year Old 1989 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Blair Athol 23 Year Old 1989 Cask 2930 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 47.6%

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

Blair Athol 23 Year Old 1989 Cask 2930 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

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