Blair Athol Highland Whisky Distillery
This is often confused with the beautiful and historic Blair Castle which is located close to Blair Atholl village about 15 miles north of the Blair Athol distillery. Blair Atholl Castle is worth a visit after you have been to the distillery of course where the UK’s last private army is based. The distillery is located closer to Pitlochry, another beautiful town on the high road to the Highlands. Founded in 1798 as Aldour and later changed its name to Blair Athol in 1825. The burn (stream) which supplied the water was called ‘Allt Dour’ translated the ‘burn of the otter’. The main purpose of Blair Athol has been to produce malt whisky for the world famous Bells blended whisky, which leads the blended market in the UK, South Africa and Scandinavia.
It has not been all plain sailing for Blair Athol and the distillery was closed for almost 20 years in the 1930’s and 1940’s reopening in 1949 and has been producing ever since due to the demand for Bells blended whisky. A whopping 95% of whisky produced in aged bourbon barrels is used for Bells. There is also the 12 year old single malt which Diageo released under the Flora & Fauna label. There are also some independent bottlings available.
Taste: The 12 year old is a rich, sherried single malt whisky with slight spicy aftertaste.
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