Blair Athol

Diageo’s most overlooked one! Being the basis of

Blair Athol was originally named Aldour after the local burn.

Distillery Factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Blair Athol blair ath*ull Aldour Highlands Scotland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 1798 - Present Malt Blair Athol Tour Link
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
Shane Fraser Diageo

Blair Athol Timeline:

1798: Established by John Stewart and Robert Robertson named Aldour Distillery after the nearby river Allt Dour, meaning "Burn of the Otter". This is not a success, probably because of the heavy excise duties on whisky, and the distillery shut

1825: The distillery is expanded by Robert Robertson and renamed Blair Athol Distillery (1825-26 mentioned as well)

1826: The Duke of Atholl leases the distillery to Alexander Connacher & Co.

1827-29: Alexander Connacher & Co.

1829-42: Peter Fraser & Co.

1832: The distillery closes

1852: Alexander Conacher & Co. (Connacher ?)

1860-82: Elizabeth Conacher (Connacher ?)

1882: Purchased and enlarged by P. MacKenzie & Co. (Peter Mackenzie, born in Glenlivet, described himself as a wine and spirit broker of 17A South Castle Street, Liverpool). Two new granaries and malting floors were added

1886: Capacity of over 1,500 gallons (6,800 litres) per week

1897: P. Mackenzie & Co. Distillers Ltd. formed to take over P. Mackenzie & Co. and the Dufftown-Glenlivet Distillery Co. Ltd.

Turn of the century: Capacity for 100,000 gallons (454,000 litres)

1932: Distillery closes

1933: P. Mackenzie & Co. Distillers Ltd. purchased by Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd., but distillery not used until 1949

1949: Distillery rebuilt and reopened

1970: Stills become steamheated, and are increased from two to four

1975: Dark-grain plant

1985: Guinness Group buys Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd.

1987: A visitor centre is built

1992: Licensed to Arthur Bell & Sons plc

1999: Owned by United Distillers & Vintners Ltd. (UDV)

2003: Capacity is increased to 38,000 litres per week

2004: Owned by Diageo plc

Useful Blair Athol links:

Blair Athol at ScotchWhisky

Blair Athol at MaltMadness

Blair Athol at Whisky

Blair Athol at Wikipedia

Blair Athol at WhiskyPortal

Blair Athol at MasterOfMalts

Blair Athol at WhiskyExhange

Blair Athol at SMWS

Interesting Blair Athol links:

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