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Blair Athol Fife Whisky Festival

Blair Athol

Published on: 20/09/19 by Justine

The team from Blair Athol will be making its way from Pitlochry to Cupar in March for 2020’s Fife Whisky Festival.

The Perthshire distillery was taken over by Arthur Bell & Sons in the 1970s. Bell’s was taking an even greater share of the blended Scotch whisky market at this time, becoming one of the best selling whiskies in the United Kingdom. As a result, production at Blair Athol increased to provide one of the major components in the Bell’s blends.

Blair Athol Fife Whisky Festival

Although there was a single malt bottling of Blair Athol at 8 years later on in the 1980s, it’s one of those Scotch whiskies which seems to have slipped under the radar.

Since the distillery passed in to the hands of Diageo, the only propriety bottling on general release is the 12 year old as part of the Flora & Fauna range. This Highland single malt is quite heavily sherried with an abundance of blackberry and blackcurrant notes on the palate.*

Blair Athol Fife Whisky Festival

However, a trip to the distillery itself affords you the opportunity to purchase one of the distillery exclusive bottlings.

Blair Athol Fife Whisky Festival

It’s always great to welcome new exhibitors to our whisky festival and we’re very much looking forward to seeing what the Blair Athol team will be showcasing in the Kingdom of Fife next year!


*Ok, we know that tasting notes are purely subjective so this is just our opinion. Of course, the only way to find out if you agree with us is to head over to the Blair Athol stand and taste the whisky for yourself!