Address  :PITLOCHRY, PH16 5LY

Telephone  :01796 482003

Fax  :01796 482001

Owning Company  :United Distillers

Production Status  :Operational

Established  :1798

Source  :Allt Dour

Age when bottled  :12 yrs

Strength  :43%

No. of Wash Stills  :2

No. of Spirit Stills  :2

Visitors per annum  :50000

Nose  :Light, fresh, clean aroma

Taste  :Medium hint of peat with a round finish. Plenty of flavour.

Comments  :A fine south-Perthshire malt suitable for pre-dinner drinking.

Description  :Established in 1798 in the popular Perthshire town of Pitlochry, Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. It is now owned by United Distillers and Vintners. Whisky produced here is used in Bell's Eight-Year-Old Extra Special, the biggest-selling blended whisky in the UK, and the water comes from from the Allt Dour, the burn of the Otter. The 12-Year-Old Malt has a fresh, peaty, nutty, spicey flavour. A free dram is given after the tour, and the admission charge includes a discount voucher, which is redeemable in the well-stocked distillery shop towards the purchase of a 70cl bottle of malt whisky. Children under eight years old are welcome but are not encouraged to take the tour.

Directions  :On A924, 1 mile S of Pitlochry, Perthshire.

Rating  :***

Opening Hours  :Open Easter-Sep, Mon-Sat 9.00-17.00, Sun 12.00-17.00, last tour 16.00; Oct-Easter, Mon-Fri 9.00-17.00, last tour 15.30; Dec-Feb restricted opening hours ? tel for appt.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013