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Blair Athol 1976-2004 - 27 Year Old - Douglas Laing - Old Malt Cask - Single Cask 575

LOT ID: 0124-365

End Date : Feb 14 2024 08:18 PM

Total Bids: 75   

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Blair Athol 1976 - 2004. 27 Year Old. Bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask series. Cask number 575. One of 172 bottles matured in a Refill Hogshead. 700ml. 50%. In presentation box.

A single cask edition of Blair Athol 1976, bottled as a 27-year-old in 2004 without colouring or chill filtration by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. Cask 575 was a refill sherry hogshead that yielded just 172 bottles at the Old Malt Cask preferred strength of 50%, and is the perfect showcase for Blair Athol’s natural affinity with old school sherry casks.


Wear to box. Marked label with nick in bottom.


Lower Neck

Distillery:  Blair Athol

Distillery Status:  Working

Bottler: Douglas Laing

Region: Highland

Distilled Year: 1976

Bottling Year: 2004

Age: 27

Bottles Produced: 172

Limited Edition: yes

Cask Number: 575

Category: Single Malt

Country: Scotland

Bottle Size: 70cl / 700ml

ABV: 50%

Originally founded in 1798 as Aldour, Blair Athol was taken over by Arthur Bell & Sons in 1933 and has been a keystone malt for the Bell’s blend ever since. In 1985 Bell’s was bought by Guinness, with Blair Athol later becoming part of United Distillers and then Diageo in subsequent mergers. 

Blair Athol’s importance to Bell’s and other blends has resulted in limited official bottlings. Arthur Bell & Sons released Blair Athol as an 8-year-old and occasionally a 12-year-old from the late 1960s onwards; these were replaced in the late 1980s by a well-regarded sherried 12-year-old Flora & Fauna edition that has been the only ongoing bottling over the last few decades. Occasional one-off Blair Athols have been bottled for the Rare Malts, Manager’s Dram, Special Releases and the distillery’s Bicentenary. Independent Blair Athol is abundant.

Founded in the late 1940s by Fred Douglas Laing Sr, the Douglas Laing company spent decades as whisky blenders and exporters before Fred Laing’s sons Stewart and Fred Jr introduced the highly influential Old Malt Cask single malt range in 1998. The McGibbon’s Provenance and Old & Rare Platinum series followed soon afterwards, establishing Douglas Laing as one of Scotland’s finest independent bottlers.

In 2013 Stewart Laing left the business, taking Old Malt Cask and Old & Rare to his new company Hunter Laing, while Fred Laing Jr was joined by his daughter Cara and her husband Chris Leggatt from Morrison Bowmore. The Old Particular and Extra Old Particular ranges were introduced to replace Old Malt Cask and Old & Rare, and the company has since moved into distilling with the purchase of Strathearn distillery in 2019 and the construction of Clutha distillery in Glasgow.


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Last Bids £330.00 14th February 2024 20:08