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BLAIR ATHOL 27 years old 54,7% INFO
RARE MALTS SELECTION
Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled 1975
Bottled April 2003
Limited Edition
Genummerde fissen
Blair Athol Distillery, Pitlochry, Pertshire
Scottish Malt Distillers, Elgin

BLAIR ATHOL
8 years old 46 %
FROM THE HOUSE OF BELL'S (Very old Bottle)
Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd, Distillers, Perth

BLAIR ATHOL
12 years old 43 % INFO
FLORA & FAUNA
Distilled 1980
Bottled 1992
Blair Athol Distillery, Pitlochry, Pertshire

BLAIR ATHOL
16 years old 43 % INFO
SIGNATORY VINTAGE
VINTAGE 1987
Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled on 13th May 1987
Bottled on 22nd April 2004
Cask No. 3222
395 Bottles
Genummerde flessen
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

BLAIR ATHOL
12 years old 46 %
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE
MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
SELECTION
HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT
Distilled: 02/04/97
Matured in a Hogshead
Cask no: 2294
Bottled: 14/04/09
387 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
The Ultimate Whisky Company, Amersfoort

BLAIR ATHOL
Matured for 11 years INFO
46 %
1 9 9 8
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY
Highland Single Malt
Distilled: 08/04/98
Matured in a hogshead
Cask no: 2761
Bottled: 25/03/10
401 Numbered bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company. N L, Amersfoort



Highland Malt
The Midlands
BLAIR ATHOL (1798 - 1931) (1949

Pitlochry, Perthshire. Licentiehouder: Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd. Blair Athol is onderdeel van Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (S.M.D.). De malt divisie van United Distillers Ltd. Eigendom van Guinness.
In 1798 werd hier een distilleerderij gesticht door John Stewart en Robert Robertson, die Aldour werd genoemd, naar de beek Alltdour, wat staat voor beek van de otter.
Maar de distilleerderij kon niet concureren met de illegale distilleerderijen in de omgeving en sloot zijn poorten.
In 1826 werd Aldour weer opgestart door Alexander Conacher, die de distilleerderij de naam Blair Athol gaf.
In 1882 werd Peter Mackenzie & Co de eigenaar en verhoogde de kapaciteit aanzienlijk, zodat men 454.000 liter spirit per jaar kon produceren.
In 1897 werd P. Mackenzie & Co een N.V.: P. Mackenzie Distillers Ltd en nam Dufftown-Glenlivet over.
In 1932 werd Blair Athol gesloten.
In 1933 werd P. Mackenzie Distillers Ltd, overgenomen door Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd.
In 1949 werd Blair Athol, na een grondige renovatie weer opgestart.
In 1970 werden er twee ketels bijgebouwd, en de vier ketels kunnen 1^ miljoen liter spirit per jaar produceren.
De Mash tun heeft een inhoud van 8 ton, de zes washbacks kunnen elk 40.000 liter be-vatten.
De Wash stills hebben elk een inhoud van 13000 liter, de Spirit stills elk 11500 liter. Het water komt van de Allt Dour Burn (Otterbeek).
In 1986 wordt Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd, tegen zijn zin overgenomen door Guinness. Bell's bracht toen vijf distilleerderijen in, Dufftown - Glenlivet, Pittyvaich - Glenlivet, Inchgower, Blair Athol en Bladnoch.
In 1987 wordt te Blair Athol een bezoekerscentrum geopend.
In 1987 wordt The Distillers Company Ltd, (D.C.L), ook tegen hun zin overgenomen door Guinness en in 1998 samengevoegd met Arthur Bell & Son Ltd, de nieuwe naam wordt United Distillers Ltd.
Blair Athol is een schitterend gebouwencomplex, omringd door rhodondendrons en rozen-tuinen.
Er kan ook worden getrouwd en er is een gedeelte waar lokale ambachtsmensen hun produkten kunnen verkopen.
Distilleerderij manager is David Hardy, hij is ook de manager van Dalwhinnie. (2003). De distilleerderij kater heet Beavis.

Blair Athol Distillery is located in the beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry. Documented evidence suggests that the distillery on the present site dates from 1798.


Robert Robertson and John Stewart founded a distillery which the named Aldour, after the distillery's water source; the Allt Dour Burn. It is thought that the distilling operation did not last long time, possible due to the heavy exise levies enforced by the government of the time.

Following the 1823 Licensing Act, John Robertson revived Blair Atholl in 1827. Incidentaly it is not known how Blair Athol Distillery became to be spelt with one 'l', instead of two, like the town of Blair Atholl which is located a few miles north of Pitlochry.

Blair Atholl itself is home to Blair Castle, the magnificent former home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Blair Athol Distillery was taken over by Peter Mackenzie & Co in 1882 and enlarged and improved so that by 1886 the distillery was capable of producing 6.800 litres per week.

The distillery closed in 1932 and was then purchased by Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd in 1933. Blair Athol remained silent for many years until 1949 when distilling recommenced after a period of Extensive renovation. In 1970 an additional two stills were added.

Blair Athol sources its unpeated malt from Glen Ord Maltings. Operating with 8 tonne semi- Lauter mash tun, around 44.000 litres of spring water from the Allt Dour Burn- meaning 'the Burn of the otter"in Gaelic - is mixed with grist to finally produce approximately 38.000 litres of worts. The worts are then cooled to approximately 18 degrees Celsius before being added to one of eight wash backs. Four wash backs are made from traditional Oregon pine, the other four are made from stainless steel. The wooden wash backs were sourced from Mortlach Distilleery in Dufftown when Blair Athol was further expanded in the late 1980s.

Cream yeast is added and the worts ferment for approximately 50 hours. A longer fermentation of 110 hours is extended over the weekend.

Distillery facts 2007:


Output 2,2 million litres of alcohol
Cask Storage 3 dunnage warehouses

Water Source All Dour Burn
Malt Source Glen Ord
Malt Type Unpeated
Malt Storage 80 Tonnes
Mill Type Porteus
Grist Storage 8 Tonnes
Mash Tun Construction Semi - Lauter
Mash Size 8 Tonnes
No of Wash Backs 8
Wash Back Construction: 4 Oregon Pine
4 Stainless Steel
Wash Back Capacity 19000 litres
Yeast Cream
No. of Wash Stills 2
Wash Still Charge 13000
Heat Source Gas fired steam pans and coils
Wash Still Shape Onion
No. of Spirit Stills 2
Spirit Still Charges 11.500
Spirit Still Shape Onion

Two large gas-fired wash still (with a capacity of 13.000 litres) stand proudly beside two spirit stills (with a capacity of 11.500 litres) and work to produce a spicy, nutty aroma that permeates the atmosphere. At current production levels the annual output is around 2.000.000 litres of alcohol
95 % of Blair Athol's production is filled into ex-bourbon American oak casks, the remaining 5 % is filled into ex-sherry casks. Stowed up to five high, three traditional earthen-floored warehouses store 15.000 casks on site.


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