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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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A Douglas Laing bottling of Blair Athol single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead for 25 long years! It was distilled in June 1989 and bottled in October 2014 for the Xtra Old...  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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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 Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Blair Athol single malt Scotch whisky, matured from 2005 to 2014. It was then bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range at 46% ABV.  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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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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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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While most of Blair Athol's whisky is used in Bell's blended whiskies, some of it gets out on through independent bottlers, like Berry Bros. & Rudd. This 15 year old from cask 2754, being a prime...  More info
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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
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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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Part of the Old Particular range from Douglas Laing, this Blair Athol certainly looks the part of a very Sherried whisky, that's for sure. It was distilled by the Highland distillery in December 1998...  More info
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Sherried Blair Athol single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry oak cask for 23 years! It was distilled back in August 1991 and bottled in October 2014 by Duncan Taylor for their Duncan...  More info
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An independent bottling of 12 year old Blair Athol single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead from 2002 to 2015. It was bottled by Langside for their Hepburn's Choice range with a very...  More info
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A single cask bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Blair Athol distillery in the Highlands, bottled by Wemyss Malts. It was distilled in 1991 and set aside to mature in a single barrel for...  More info
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Independently bottled Blair Athol single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single "wine treated butt" cask. It was distilled in October 1988 and place within said wine cask to mature for 26 years. In...  More info
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Single malt Scotch whisky from the Blair Athol distillery, bottled by Langside as part of their Distiller's Art range. It was distilled in May 1997 and set aside to age in a single Sherry butt for 17...  More info
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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
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
12 year Blair Athol aged in hogsheads 2764 and 2765 before bottling by Signatory. A release of 753 bottles.  More info
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A 12 year old Blair Athol matured in a sherry butt (number 4108). Distilled in Summer 1995 and bottled in Winter 2008. Bottled for the Provenance range.  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 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
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
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