Blair Athol

The Blair Athol distillery is very old. It was founded back in 1798 by John Stewart and Robert Robertson under the name of 'Aldour distillery' it was not very successful and soon had to close. Read more about it below.↓

Information about the Distillery
69 Bottles
Scotland, Highlands
-3.721533 56.697833
Active
Diageo
2 x 13,000 l
Pear
2 x 13,000 l
Pear
2 x 11,500 l
Pear
2 x 11,500 l
Pear
6 x 40,000 l
6 x 40,000 l
8 t
1798
1,500,000 l
Average Tasting Notes Calculated from 29 Tasting Notes
Nosing
Sweet
Vanilla
Fruit
Sherry
Peat Smoke
Oak
Grape
Raisin
Grapefruit
Berries
Chocolate
Nuts
Spices
Dark Chocolate
Honey
Cinnamon
Lemon
Malt
Apple
Orange
Medicinal Smoke
Blackberry
Floral
Oil
Almonds
Cake
Mint
Tasting
Spices
Sweet
Oak
Chocolate
Fruit
Peat Smoke
Oil
Coffee
Dark Chocolate
Pepper
Chili
Lemon
Malt
Blackberry
Berries
Orange
Raisin
Heather
Hay
Caramel
Alcohol
Herbs
Finish
Oak
Vanilla
Malt
Spices
Coffee
Oil
Honey
Sweet
Sherry
Peat Smoke
Heather
Almonds
Fruit
Chocolate
Nuts
Details about the Distillery

The Whisky

There is only one official distillery bottling of the Blair Athol Distillery, the Blair Athol 12-year-old. The distillery character can be described as strong and voluminous. The whiskies at Blair Athol are mostly matured in sherry casks and therefore rather sweet.

A lot of the Blair Athol whisky is enjoyed as single malt is bottled by independent bottlers. Here you get the true character of the distillery, a good Highland malt.

Most of the whisky from the Blair Athol distillery goes into the blend production. It is used in Bell's blended Scotch whisky, a product of the Diageo company. Here the sweetness and the spiciness from the rich European oak casks are used as a spice in the blended whisky.

The Production

The output of the distillery is about 2.5 million litres of alcohol per year. Blair Athol distilles on four pot stills, and the water comes from the Allt Dour Burn.

The still house of Blair Athol.
The stillhouse of the Blair Athol distillery

The Pot Stills

There are two wash stills with 13,000 litres capacity each and two spirit stills with about 12,000 litres capacity. The stills are very pear-shaped with no reflux bowl or constricting pieces. This is important for the rough Highland character.

The wash / spirit stills
The stillroom of the Blair Athol distillery

The Malting

Formerly Blair Athol got its malt from the UD maltings, which today is one of the Diageo suppliers.

The Warehouse

The warehouses are flat and bricked with old heavy stones - a perfect place for the whisky to mature in a moist and rather chilled environment.

The warehouse of the Blair Athol distillery.
The dunnages of Blair Athol distillery

History

The Blair Athol distillery is very old. It was founded back in 1798 by John Stewart and Robert Robertson under the name of 'Aldour distillery'. However, it was not very successful and soon had to close. In 1825 the distillery was enlarged and reopened by John Robertson under the name Blair Athol. Right before the second world war the distillery was acquired by Arthur Bell & Sons. Shortly afterwards the distillery was mothballed again. In 1949, when the economy had picked up again, the distillery was renovated and reopened. Later Bells was bought by Diageo, and they are still the owners today.

The Visitor Centre

There is a visitor centre and a shop where you can buy all the bottlings of Blair Athol and Bell's blended Scotch. The top tour includes a visit of the production and the warehouses as well as a tasting directly from the cask.

Chronological rating history

User Notes about the Distillery

Share your experience with other whisky lovers. Write a note about your trip to the Blair Athol distillery.

Max. 2000 characters. Exceeding Characters will not be saved!
There are no user notes for this distillery yet.
Top 5 rated Blair Athol whiskies
Original bottling - The Coopers Choice - As we get it
Top 5 collected Blair Athol whiskies
Original bottling - The Coopers Choice - As we get it
Douglas Laing - McGibbon's Provenance
Douglas Laing - Premier Barrel
Related News

Old Particular Ben Nevis 18 Years and Blair Athol 18 Years

Two Old Particular whiskies have been bottled by Douglas Laing specially for the Geman market. In a press release they were called festival bottlings...