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The History Of Blair Athol

People and places don't just shape a Single Malt Scotch Whisky's flavour. They change the course of its future. Get a taste of how the whisky you love today came to be, with this brief Blair Athol timeline.

1798

1798

John Stewart and Robert Robertson found a distillery on the moorland south of Pitlochry. They call it Aldour, after the alt dour or burn of the otter.

1826

1826

The distillery is revived as Blair Athol by John Robertson.

1827

1827

Distillery is now being run by Alexander Connacher.

1886

1886

Successive owner managers increase the capacity to 1,500 gallons per week.

1932

1932

Blair Athol closes, possibly due to the depression.

1933

1933

Arthur Bell and Sons save the distillery from closure, but don’t use it immediately.

1949

1949

The distillery is extensively rebuilt, re-opened, and has been in production ever since.

1973

1973

Production capacity increases with the addition of two new stills.

1987

1987

The distillery gets its own visitor centre which attracts thousands of visitors every year.