Blair Athol Distillery

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General
Pronunciation blair’athol
Translation
Region Highlands
Distiller Arthur Bell & Sons
Owner United Distillers & Vintners (UDV) (Diageo plc)
Address Perth Road
Pitlochry
Perthshire
PH16 5LY
Scotland
Telephone +44 (0)1796 - 48 20 03
+44 (0)1796 - 48 20 01 (Fax)
LatLong 56° 41’ 52.1” N   03° 43’ 19.5” W
Altitude 82 m
Grid Reference NN946577
Website www.discovering-distilleries.com
www.malts.com
E-mail cathie.m.booth@diageo.com
jill.scougall@diageo.com
Open to public January - Easter : mo - fr tours at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00
Easter - May : mo - sa 09:30 - 17:00
June - October : mo - sa 09:30 - 17:00, su 12:00 - 17:00
November - December : mo - fr tours at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00
Festive season : restricted opening, please call in advance
Last Tour : 1 hour before closing time
Admission chargedSource : Discovering Distilleries 2008 leaflet
Remarks

History
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

Technical Specifications
General Water Source
for production and cooling from the Aldour Burn (allt dour burn = burn of the otter) comes from Loch a'Choire on the Ben Vrackie
  Annual Output
  Finished Spirit (phenols)
  Blending Roles
95% for blending (Bell's)
Malt Malt Source
  Malt Type
  Malt Specification (phenols)
  Own Malting Floor
  Malt Storage
Mill
  Grist Storage
Mashing Mash Tun
  Mash Size
  First Water
  Second Water
  Third Water
  Fourth Water
Fermentation Washbacks 8 in total, 4 made of Oregon Pine and 4 made of stainless steel which are square
  Washback Charge
  Yeast
  Amount of Yeast
  Length of Fermentation
  Initial Fermentation Temp.
  Strength of Wash
Distillation Wash Stills 2
  Wash Still Built
  Wash Still Charge
  Heat Source steamheated
  Wash Still Height
  Lyne Arm
  Low Wines Run
  Low Wines Collection Range
  Spirit Stills
2
  Spirit Still Built
  Spirit Still Charge
  Strength of Spirit Still Charge
  Heat Source steamheated
  Spirit Still Height
  Lyne Arm
  Coolers condensers
  Foreshot Run
  Spirit Run
  Feints Run
  Spirit Cut
  Distilling Strength
Storage Storage Strength
  Average Spirit Yield
  Disposal of Pot Ale/Spent Lees
  Type of Casks bourbon, sherry, refill
  Warehouses
  Vatting and Bottling Location



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