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“Rather ordinary distillery tour.”

Blair Athol Distillery
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2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group...
Ranked #2 of 45 things to do in Pitlochry
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Owner description: Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working Distilleries in Scotland established in 1798. We are open to the public 362 days a year and are the spiritual home of Bell's. We have a range of tours and tastings available and the full list can be found by our website.
Reviewed July 28, 2013

Blair Athol distillery isn't in Blair Atholl - it is at Pitlochry, which is equally pituresque. Only a small fraction of the distillery's output goes into its 12 year old single malt, the rest goes into Bell blends - maybe that says something.
Our guide was fairly knowledgable and led us through the production method and showed us around the distillery but there was no humour or fun in his presentation.
One member of our party in a wheelchair (and paying the full price for a tour and tasting) had to stay in the introductory exhibition and the shop. Obviously he could not access much of the distillery but it would have been easy for him to see the cooperage exhibition, warehouses, etc. all on the ground level, but this was not offered.
Personally, I do not think that Blair Athol has made reasonable adjustments for disabled visitors that it says it has done on its website.

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

My husband is a massive fan of single malt whisky, so stopping here was a must.
Good introductory exhibition to look around before the tour starts. We got Ian as our guide, who was absolutely excellent & made every part of the distilling process interesting & fun.
Whisky tasting at the end of the finished product was great. My husband paid £3.00 extra for a one to one tasting of 2 other whiskies with the guide, which was excellent.
I agree that the gift shop could be better, but this is a small distillery with a real cottage industry feel about it. I hope it stays that way!

P.S. If you become a Friend of The Classic Malts ( free to join ), you'll get free entry to other distilleries & 4 emails a year with updates & special offers!
The distillery is totally unsuitable for wheelchair users & anyone who has difficulty with stairs.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Went here 30+ years ago and enjoyed it then this was better cause we sampled the scotch! The team at the distillery knew there subject and put it over we'll, even the foreign members of our tour were catered for.

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Reviewed July 3, 2013

How can one go to Scotland and not take a tour of how Scotch is produced? I was with Collette Tours so we had our own private tour. The process of how Scotch is produced is very interesting. Our guide was very informative and very funny. At the end of the tour, you get to sample the Scotch.

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Visited this distillery twice this year: first time in March we had no luck and found a closed distillery, but luckily got a tasting because we had Diageo's "Friends of the Classic Malts" journal and saw at least their exhibition with a running video. Next time was in April and had the luck of joining a tour which just started. The tour is not very exciting, but gets the main points across, and you will see everything they have, so it's okay I guess. You will see their warehouse and smell the angel's share, and because this is the "home" of Bell's, you will be told a little about blended whiskies too. Had a tasting of Blair Athol single malt, which isn't that bad, and the guide was nice and friendly. Their shop has a rather poor selection of whisky - Blair Athol 12yo, distillery exclusive distillers edition and Bell's of various sizes, and a few gift items. Not too bad for a visit, even though Edradour about two miles from here offers a better experience. 7.9 / 10

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