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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
9 years 46 %                                             
CONNOISSEURS  CHOICE
Highlands
Distilled 2006
Matured in a 1st Fill Sherry Butt
and a Refill Sherry Hogshead
Bottled 2015
Natural Colour
Non Chill Filtered
Specially selected, produced                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

and bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

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
 
BLAIR  ATHOL
VINTAGE  1 9 8 6
25  years old 46 %                                  
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Distilled: 21/10/88
Matured in a Refill Sherry Butt
Cask no: 6928
Bottled: 14/08/14
394 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Compnay, NL
  

BLAIR  ATHOL
VINTAGE  1 9 8 8
Matured for 26 years  46 %            
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Highland Single Malt
Distilled: 14/10/88
Matured in a Refill Sherry Butt
Cask no: 6850
Bottled: 13/11/14
632 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company. NL
 
  
BLAIR  ATHOL INFO
9 years 46 %                                             
CONNOISSEURS  CHOICE
Highlands
Distilled 2006
Matured in a 1st Fill Sherry Butt
and a Refill Sherry Hogshead
Bottled 2015
Natural Colour
Non Chill Filtered
Specially selected, produced                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

and bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
 
 
BLAIR  ATHOL
27  years  46 %                                  
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Highland Single Malt
Distilled: 21/10/88
Matured in a Wine Treated Butt
Casl no: 6929
Bottled: 23/10/15
616 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chill Filtered
Selected by The Ultimate
Whisky Company. NL.
            



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.

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 Capacit:                           

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 alcoho
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.

The Highlands are noted for varying styles
of Single Malt from spicy, aromatic whiskies in the north, to the fuller, slightly peaty and nutty whiskies in the south.

Blair Athol Distillery is located in Pitlochry.
It was established in the 1790's and is one of Scotlands oldest working distilleries.The carefully maintained stone buildings Are shrouded in a cloth of green ivy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .

A visitor centre opened in 1987.

Cloudy worts and a short fermentation time give the nutty base, but it is distillation which adds real weight to the distillate. A controlled level of solids coming across in the wash still add a rich, deep, malt-loaf character to the new make. It is this character which allows it to show so well in ex-Sherry, although for blending purposes the majority of the make is destined for ex-Bourbon.

The central Perthshire town of Pitlochry sits on the banks of the River Tay and has had a distillery since 1798, making its plant one of the oldest legal whisky-making sites in Scotland. The original distillery was named Aldour after the burn which supplied it with process water, but changed its name to Blair Athol [after a village seven miles to the north] in 1825. This could conceivably have been to sweeten the Duke of Athol who owned the land

It became part of the Peter Mackenzie blending house in 1886, but like many distilleries suffered during the economic troubles of the 1930s and fell silent between 1932 and 1949. In the interim period however Mackenzie (and its estate, which also included Dufftown distillery) had been bought by Perth-based blender, Arthur Bell & Sons.

By the 1970s, Bell’s was being built into the UK’s top-selling blended Scotch and, as a result, Blair Athol was doubled in capacity. Guinness (which bought Bell’s in 1985, and after further mergers evolved into Diageo) opened a visitor’s centre in 1987.

In an attempt to tap into the then infant single malt market, Bell’s bottled it as an 8-year-old in the 1980s, but in the Diageo era it has only appeared as a member of the Flora & Fauna range (at 12 years of age), matured in first-fill ex-Sherry casks.

1798
Aldour distillery founded by John Stewart and Robert Robertson in Pitlochry
1825
The distillery name is changed to Blair Athol after a nearby village
1826
The Duke of Atholl leases the distillery to Alexander Connacher & Co
1860
Ownership is passed onto Elizabeth Connacher
1886
Blair Athol is purchased by Peter Mackenzie, future founder of Dufftown
1932
Blair Athol falls silent
1933
Peter Mackenzie & Co, along with Blair Athol, is purchased by Arthur Bell & Sons
1949
Production restarts at the distillery once again
1973
Production capacity is expanded from two stills to four
1985
Guinness buys Arthur Bell & Sons
1987
Blair Athol’s visitors’ centre built

CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
Maximum 50hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
8.2
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Unpeated
MALT SUPPLIER i
Mostly in-house
MASH TUN TYPE i
Lauter
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
67%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
11,500
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Plain
STILLS i
4
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
14,000
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Plain
WASHBACK TYPE i
4 wood, 2 steel
WASHBACKS i
6
WATER SOURCE i
Kinnaird Burn
WORT CLARITY i
Cloudy
YEAST TYPE i
Creamed
OWNERS

Diageo
1997 - present
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Arthur Bell & Sons
1933 - 1997
Peter Mackenzie & Co
1886 - 1933
Peter Mackenzie
1882 - 1886
Elizabeth Connacher
1860 - 1882
Alexander Connacher & Co
1852 - 1860
Peter Fraser & Co
1829 - 1842
Alexander Connacher & Co
1827 - 1829
James Robertson
1825 - 1826
John Stewart and Robert Robertson
1798 - 1825
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