Blair Athol Distillery
Address : Blair Athol Distillery, Perth Road, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5LY
Telephone No : 01796 482003
Web Site : No
Visitors Centre : Yes
Blair Athol distillery was founded in 1798, but unfortunately closed again soon after. It was re opened in 1825 by John Robertson. A long line of different owners then followed throughout the years. The distillery was finally closed in 1932 before being purchased by Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd, in 1933.
Arthur Bell didn't produce any whisky at the distillery until 1949 at which time it had been totally rebuilt. It then ran until 1970 when the production capacity was doubled. Arthur Bell & Sons became part of Guinness in 1989. Only 5% of the Blair Athol production is sold as single malt, the majority of malt produced at Blair Athol is sold to blenders. Blair Athol is a main contributor to the Bell's whisky blend.
Here is a selection of the whiskies produced at the Blair Athol Distillery:
BLAIR ATHOL 1995 MANAGERS CHOICE 54.7%
Number of bottles: 570
Cask Type: Bodega Sherry European Oak
Cask Number: 5989
Tasting Notes: Butter scotch nose, with sweet, deep burnt flavours. This Bodega Sherry European oak cask bottling has a rich, fruity nose with figs and faintly herbal notes. Softer, spicy, fudge notes when water is added. Malt and spice on the palate, with dark chocolate whisky liqueurs. Intensely fruity and chocolate-y with water. The finish is medium in length and drying, spicier when diluted, with lingering orange marmalade.
Blair Athol 12 Year Old Flora & Fauna.
Nose: Sweetness. Smoky. Ginger.
Taste: Sweet and fruity. A soft start slowly develops into a prolonged explosion.
Finish: Average length, sweet, hint of smoke.
BLAIR ATHOL 12 YEAR 1997 - UNCHILLFILTERED BY SIGNATORY
Blair Athol 1997 Bottling Note: A release of 399 bottles of vintage Blair Athol, bottled for Signatory's Unchillfiltered range. This was distilled on the 2nd April 1997 and matured in hogshead number 2297 before bottling on the 13th January 2010.