Blair Athol Distillery, Highlands

Blair Athol Distillery, Highlands

Established in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, the Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. Blair Athol is another of the handful of distilleries that were founded in the final years of the 18th century.

When the activities of the Blair Athol distillery actually began, is not known, as it was an illicit operation left undocumented. The introduction of the new licensing laws was followed by a revival of its fortunes in the hands of John Robertson. A long string of different owners followed in rapid succession. Eventually, it was acquired, along with Dufftown Distillery, by blenders Arthur Bell in 1933, but it stayed out of production until 1949 when it was rebuilt.

Arthur Bell became part of Guinness in 1985, which then formed part of the UDV Group (United Distillers and Vintners Diageo). Only 5% of the production is marketed as single malt, and the remaining part is sold to blenders. The distillery and the whisky are still closely identified with Bell’s blends.

Blair Athol single malt 12-year-old is fresh and gently peaty with aroma and flavour, which become quite pronounced and lengthy at the finish. It is noted for its tangy, spicy-fruit quality and its very mellow texture. Special Releases, including a 23-year-old, have been bottled in recent years.

(Adapted from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2024)

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1991 Blair Athol, Wemyss Malts, Jam on Toast, 30-Year-Old, Highland, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (50.6%)
50.6% Alcohol
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