Blair Athol 8 year old Family Series The Single Cask (Cask #311429A)
This 8 year old Blair Athol was aged in a First fill PX Quarter Cask for extra complexity. Although young, this Highland single malt offers plenty of malty, citrus, oaky and dried fruit notes. The guys at The Single Cask included it in their excellent Family Series. Like other whiskies bottled by them, this whisky was bottled at natural cask strength (56.3% ABV) with not chill filtration nor artificial colouring. There were just 146 bottles released.
The Single Cask
The Single Cask bottle unique whiskies, one cask at a time. They carefully select every single cask, and bottle it at natural cask strength. No chill filtration nor artificial colouring are used. Each whisky offers the best from each individual cask.
Blair Athol distillery
Blair Athol is a Highland distillery located in Pitlochry. It was founded in 1798 and as such it is one of Scotland's oldest. When the distillery was built it was named Aldour because of its water source. The present name was adopted in 1825.
Like most distilleries in Scotland Blair Athol went through numerous changes of ownership during the 19th century. It also went through periods of reduced output. The distillery was mothballed in 1932 and remained closed until 1942. While the distillery was closed it was acquired by Arthur Bell and Sons. Upon reopening, the distillery produced whisky for the Bell blends and in the 70's Blair Athol distillery's production capacity was doubled.
A visitor centre was opened in 1987 and very few official single malt bottlings are available.
The short fermentation period, the presence of cloudy wort and the size of the stills contribute towards the nutty, grainy and sweet palate of Blair Athol whisky.