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Offering hundreds of thousands of exact tasting notes and an exploration of the tale of whiskey informed via in-depth distillery entries, Whiskey Opus is helping pro connoisseurs of their quest to find the world's most sensible whiskies.

Every whiskey variety from unmarried malt to poteen is represented, in addition to counsel and methods for spotting and appreciating each one one.

With nice whiskeys being produced around the world, Whiskey Opus covers a variety of distilleries, from Banffshire to Bangalore, Scotland to Spain, and Kentucky to Japan — supplying whiskey enthusiasts with every thing they should recognize to completely savour their favourite spirit.

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Diageo’s third-busiest distillery viewers’ middle, after Talisker and Oban, stands at the outskirts of the bustling vacationer middle of Pitlochry, now bypassed by means of the A9 highway among Perth and Inverness. The identify is a little complicated, because the village of Blair Atholl, with an additional “l,” is found a few 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Pitlochry. Blair Athol is certainly one of Diageo’s oldest distilleries, courting from the past due 18th century, whilst it used to be tested by way of John Stewart and Robert Robertson lower than the identify of Aldour. The Allt Dour burn runs in the course of the distillery grounds, and interprets from the Gaelic as “Burn of the Otter,” and is the reason the presence of an otter at the label of the 12-year-old “Flora & Fauna” expression of Blair Athol unmarried malt. The Blair Athol identify was once followed in 1825, whilst Robert Robertson multiplied the distillery. simply as Aberfeldy is the non secular domestic of the Bacardi-owned Dewar’s mixture, and Glenturret plays an analogous functionality relating to The well-known Grouse for The Edrington staff, so Blair Athol serves because the “brand domestic” of Bell’s combined Scotch whiskey. eighty two BLAIR ATHOL 12-YEAR-OLD Blair Athol distillery takes its identify from Blair Atholl village, domestic to Blair fort, the seat of the Dukes of Atholl. HIGHLANDS remodeled recipe for “Bell’s unique” was once towards that first formulated via Arthur Bell. As a firm, Bell’s retained its independence till taken over via the brewer Guinness in 1985, to that end being absorbed into what was once to develop into Diageo plc. In 1998 the Bell’s model misplaced its final reference to its domestic urban of Perth whilst the Cherrybank revenues, advertising, and distribution functionality used to be relocated to Harlow in Essex. In 2010 six new stainless-steel washbacks changed the present 4 wood and 4 chrome steel vessels at Blair Athol. Diageo’s Dr Nick Morgan explains that “We sought after a constant construction regime at Blair Athol and it made extra feel to head down the chrome steel direction, quite as we had already been utilizing them there for plenty of a long time. ” pairs of stills are in position, the second one being extra in 1973, and the distillery operates on a seven days a week foundation. WHISKEY TALES... THE BELLS OF BLAIR ATHOL Arthur Bell joined TH Sandeman’s Perth wine and spirits enterprise in 1840, establishing on his personal eleven years later from an analogous Kirkside premises. utilizing the services he had won in mixing tea, Bell started to mixture grain and malt whiskeys, utilizing Blair Athol malt and the make of numerous different distilleries. by the point Arthur Bell died in 1900 and his son Arthur Kinmont “A. ok. ” Bell took over the firm, the mixture was once on sale around the British Empire, with robust markets in Europe too. the tale of the blend’s slogan “Afore ye pass” is very mysterious. a few declare it derives from international struggle I while the boys of the distillery got a loose bottle of Bell’s whiskey as they left for front. but it used to be merely followed for the centennial in 1925, and the firm itself cites its origins in a “Gaelic struggle cry. ” unmarried Malt As many of the Blair Athol “make” is earmarked for mixing, the one malt is a comparatively infrequent beast, with a 12-year-old “Flora & Fauna” bottling now being augmented by way of a distillery-exclusive expression which has been matured in first fill ex-sherry casks, and by way of a liberate in Diageo’s “Managers’ selection” variety.

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