The Blair Athol distillery is very old. It was founded back in 1798 by John Stewart and Robert Robertson under the name of ‘Aldour distillery’. However, it was not very successful and soon had to close. In 1825 the distillery was enlarged and reopened by John Robertson under the name Blair Athol. Right before the second world war the distillery was acquired by Arthur Bell & Sons. Shortly afterwards the distillery was mothballed again. In 1949, when the economy had picked up again, the distillery was renovated and reopened. Later Bells was bought by Diageo, and they are still the owners today, The distillery character can be described as strong and voluminous. The whiskies at Blair Athol are mostly matured in sherry casks and therefore rather sweet.