Blair AthoL 23 Year Old Distilled: 1993 700ML 58.4% SPECIAL RELEASE
Blair AthoL 23 Year Old Distilled: 1993
No. of bottles globally: 5,514
A superlative example of Blair Athol, which retains all of its distinctive rich, nutty-spicy character. A rich, fruity malt from very fine ex-bodega casks, this makes a real winter warmer, with plenty of lively fruit and spice to cut through its thick, sweet nature and reveal its true complexity.
• Originally founded as Aldour in 1798, named after its water supply; the “burn of the otter”. • Soon closed, then refounded as Blair Athol in 1825 by John Robertson. Several different owners from the Connacher family over the following decades. • In 1886 became the first distillery owned by Peter Mackenzie, who later founded Dufftown and ran the two distilleries together until 1932 with Dufftown, then bought by Arthur Bell, but not operated again until fully rebuilt, in 1949. • Capacity doubled to four stills 1973. Visitor centre built in 1987 (among the first in Scotland) • Bottled as an 8 year old in the 1970s – 80s. • Bottled in a sherry cask expression at 12 years as a Flora & Fauna malt. • A Rare Malt 27 year old 1975 expression at 54.7% ABV was released in 2003. • Blair Athol is distilled in a way that adds a rich, deep malty character to the whisky, which in turn makes it highly suited to ex-sherry cask maturation.