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    Blair Athol

    Blair Athol distillery is located near the small town of Pitlochry, which lies on the River Tummel in Perthshire. Originally established in 1798 as the Aldour distillery, named after the Allt Dour burn which is still the site’s water source to this day, this is one of the oldest functioning distilleries in Scotland. While the initial opening of the distillery lasted only a few years, it was revived in 1826 by Alexander Connacher and was then run by Peter Mackenzie & Co. before being sold to Arthur Bell & Sons (now part of Diageo) in 1933.

    As the spiritual home of Bell’s blended whiskies, the majority of spirit produced at Blair Athol is matured in bourbon barrels and used to create Bell’s signature blend – the most popular blended whisky in the UK. What little remains is aged in sherry casks and becomes a 12 year old single malt whisky known for its smooth finish and strong citrus flavour.

    Official bottlings from the distillery are quite rare, with only a small number having been made available in recent memory. An official 18 year old bottle was released in 1998 to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the distillery, and was well received by the whisky community, but generally only independent bottlings are widely available

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