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Blair Athol Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Blair Athol Distillery, Perth Road, Pitlochry,
Perthshire PH16 5LY Scotland
Tel: +44 (0) 1796 482003 / Fax: +44 (0) 1796 482001
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Arthur Bell Courtesy of Blair Athol DistilleryBlair Athol Distillery stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands in the picturesque town of Pitlochry. The Distillery produces a 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, with a mellow deep-toned aroma, a strong fruity flavour and a smooth finish. Blair Athol wins hearts through its contribution to the Bell's Blend, the most popular blended whisky in the U.K. and a leading brand in South Africa and Scandinavia.

The first documented evidence of a distillery on the present site dates from 1798 when John Stewart and Robert Robertson founded a distillery which they named "Aldour" - after the Allt Dour - the "burn of the otter" - which flows through the grounds from the slopes of Ben y vrackie. Their venture, however, was not a success, probably due to the heavy excise duties on malt whisky levied by the government and the distillery shut.

In 1826 Blair Athol was revived and by 1827 was being run by Alexander Connacher. The distillery was taken over by Peter Mackenzie & Co in the middle of the 19th century and was enlarged and improved so that by 1886 Blair Athol was Blair Athol Distillery Shopcapable of producing over 1,500 gallons (6,800 litres) per week. This has increased to approximately 2 million litres per year.

In 1933 Blair Athol was acquired by Arthur Bell & Sons, now a subsidiary of Diageo. The distillery had been closed in 1932 and remained shut throughout the years of depression and the Second World War. In 1949 it was extensively rebuilt and has been in production ever since. In 1970 an additional two stills were added.

A visitor centre was built in 1987, which today attracts around 30,000 visitors a year.

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Region: Highland

Distilled: 1995

Bottled: 2009

Number of bottles: 570

Cask Type: Bodega Sherry European Oak

Cask Number: 5989

ABV: 54.7%

Tasting Notes: Butter scotch nose, with sweet, deep burnt flavours. This Bodega Sherry European oak cask bottling has a rich, fruity nose with figs and faintly herbal notes. Softer, spicy, fudge notes when water is added. Malt and spice on the palate, with dark chocolate whisky liqueurs. Intensely fruity and chocolate-y with water. The finish is medium in length and drying, spicier when diluted, with lingering orange marmalade. (570 bottles) 54.7% ABV, 70cl.



Blair Athol 1997 Bottling Note: A release of 399 bottles of vintage Blair Athol, bottled for Signatory's Unchillfiltered range. This was distilled on the 2nd April 1997 and matured in hogshead number 2297 before bottling on the 13th January 2010.

Blair Athol Distillery
Blair Athol Distillery

The Blair Athol Visitor Centre was built in 1987 and attracts around 30,000 visitors a year. You can see the distillers utilising the most valuable of local resources, the crystal clear waters of the Allt Dour. After absorbing a few secrets of the distillers' art on a leisurely conducted tour, you can mull over the distinctive character of the finished article as you sip your complimentary dram. You’ll find the doors of this Perthshire distillery open to visitors all year round.

2013 Prices
Blair Athol tour
£6.50 (includes a voucher £3 discount off the purchase of a 70cl single malt whisky)

Guided tour of the distillery with a dram of Blair Athol single malt.

Flora & Fauna tour
£13.00 (includes a voucher £3 discount off the purchase of a 70cl single malt whisky)

Private tour and tasting of our Blair Athol 12 Year Old Single Malt plus a further 2 Single Malts from the Flora Fauna Range. (Minimum numbers 4 - Maximum numbers 18. Please telephone to arrange your tour.

Allt Dour Deluxe tour
£23.00(includes a voucher £3 discount off the purchase of a 70cl single malt whisky )

Private tour and tutored tasting of our Blair Athol 12 Year Old Single Malt. Our Cask Strength Blair Athol drawn direct from the cask and 4 further "Drams" from our Whisky Treasure Trove. (Minimum numbers 4 - Maximum numbers 8. Please telephone to book your tour.

Public Allt Dour Deluxe tour
£23.00 (includes a voucher for £3 discount off the purchase of a 70cl single malt whisky)

A tour and tutored tasting of our Blair Athol 12 Year Old Single Malt. Our Cask Strength Blair Athol drawn direct from the cask and 4 further "Drams" from our Whisky Treasure Trove. (Maximum numbers 4). Tours available Saturday only during April, May, June,September and October @2pm.Please telephone to arrange your tour.

Please note that all Flora and Fauna and Allt Dour Deluxe Tours must be booked in advance.

You can contact us by telephoning 01796 482003 or e.mail us at

For health & safety reasons, children under 8 years old are not permitted in the production areas of the distillery.

Disabled persons including those with guide dogs and other assistance dogs are welcome at our 12 distillery visitor centres.

We will make reasonable adjustments to the distillery visitor tour that we offer at each visitor centre to ensure that disabled persons including those with guide dogs or other assistance dogs have a positive visitor experience and, above all else, remain safe.

The unique layout of each distillery location and visitor centre means that the reasonable adjustments we make at each distillery may vary.

If you are a guide dog assisted person we ask you to book your visit in advance highlighting your specific requirements so that we can endeavour to deliver a positive visitor experience.

January to Easter
Monday – Friday: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Easter to October
Monday – Sunday: 10.00am - 5.00pm

July and August only: open until 5.30pm

NB-closed at 5.00pm, Monday 19th August-Last tour at 3.30pm

November and December
Monday – Friday: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Festive Tour Times
Restricted opening – please telephone in advance to confirm tour times or visit our website.

Last Tour – 1 hour before closing

2014 Information

The Blair Athol Distillery is open for groups from...Monday to Saturday from January until Easter 2014 from 9.30am until 4.00pm (requires advance notification of any group bookings).

2014 Opening Hours
9.30am until 5.00pm, Monday to Saturday and Sunday 10.00am until 5.00pm, during the period from Easter to end October. (July until September 21st only – open until 5.30pm) Last tour one hour before closing. Please visit our website for opening times for November and December 2014 and for any additional updated information.

The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and gives a detailed explanation of the traditional art of malt whisky distilling, and an insight into the specialist craft of the Blender. Additionally, each adult is offered a complimentary dram of our whisky.

The standard charge for our guided tours for 2014 will be £6.50 per adult, however all groups (including under 18’s) of 20 or more qualify for a £2.00 discount per person taking the charge down to £4.50 per person. One courier, guide or teacher per 20 paying visitors will qualify for free entrance. Children under 8 years old are not allowed to take the distillery tour.
Please note that maximum number allowed on tour is 26 and where group size exceed this number group will be divided in two. Please ensure that your group has additional interpreters where necessary.

Each paying adult receives a discount voucher, which can be redeemed in our shop against a purchase of a 70cl bottle of Single malt whisky.

Brochures of our visitor attraction are available on request or you can visit our website

Adverse Weather Conditions
In the event of adverse weather conditions the site may be closed to ensure the Health & Safety of our employees and our Visitors. Every possible effort will be made to contact pre-booked visits. We would however ask that you visit our website if you are in any doubt.

Disabled Access
The tour and gift shop are restricted by stairs. Disabled parking is about 90 yards from reception.

Pitlochry is situated next to the A9 about 25 miles north of Perth. Blair Athol Distillery and Visitor Centre is located on the Southern Edge of Pitlochry about half a mile from the town centre.

Contact Us
Blair Athol Distillery,
Perth Road, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5LY
Tel: +44 (0) 1796 482003 / Fax: +44 (0) 1796 482001

E.mail: Blair Athol Distillery

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Robert Ryan
Posted 1983 days ago
We recently had the pleasure of a tour of your distillery with Francesca. The tour was very interesting, the tasting was delicious (best scotch I've ever tasted) and Francesca was absolutely charming. She was extremely knowledgeable of the distilling process, had a very warm personality, and made the tour very enjoyable. I would recommend this tour to everyone who visits the area, but if you want the special tour, ask for Francesca.
Kutner, Arnaldo Sérgio
Posted 2347 days ago
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