History of Blair Athol whisky distillery
Blair Athol Distillery is located in the south of Pitlochry in Perthshire, near to the River Tummel. It was founded in 1798 by John Steward and Robert Robertson, originally named 'Aldour', after the Allt Dour burn the distillery draws it water from, but closed soon after opening. The distillery opened again and changed ownership to John Robertson in 1825.
It was sold several times in the period after, going from John Robertson to Alexander Conacher & Co., then to John Conacher & Co, which was inherited by Elizabeth Conacher in 1860. It was sold again to Peter Fraser & Co, and again to Peter Mackenzie of P. McKenzie & Co Distillers Limited in 1882.
The distillery closed down in 1932. The mothballed distillery was bought by Arthur Bell and Sons, but didn't open again until it was rebuilt in 1949. In 1973 the distillery expanded, adding two further stills to the previous two.
Whisky from Blair Athol
While there is an official 12 year old named expression, much of Blair Athol's whisky ends up in blends such as Bell's. This makes a named expression something that is typically reserved to independent bottlings.
Blair Athol's distillery characteristics result in a nutty whisky with notes of baked meats and rich grains. It takes sherry maturation well, although is commonly matured in bourbon casks - reflecting the fact that much of Blair Athol's whisky ends up in blends.
Buy a cask of Blair Athol whisky
The Single Cask has some great Blair Athol casks in our warehouses. If you're interested in buying a cask of Blair Athol, please contact us today for a free, no obligation quote. We can also offer a range of bottling services, making the whole process of creating your very own whisky easy.
Sell a cask of Blair Athol whisky
The Single Cask has a great history of buying and bottling single cask Blair Athol whisky. Often we buy our casks direct from the distillery, but we are also pleased to buy Blair Athol casks from private individuals. If you have a Blair Athol cask that you're looking to sell, please contact us today for a free, no obligation, quote on how much we could pay you for your cask.
Blair Athol distillery details
Address: Blair Athol Distillery, Perth Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5LY
Telephone number: +44 1496 302769