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Aberlour Distillery

The name Aberlour is derived from Gaelic. “Aber” is a Gaelic word which means the mouth of a river, or the meeting place of rivers (in this case the meeting of the River Lour and River Spey).

Aberlour is one of the more attractive and traditional looking distilleries on Speyside, but once you step inside the production areas you may be surprised at how modern the equipment is relative to the old fashioned appearance of the buildings.

Most of Aberlour single malts are double-cask matured in 1st fill Ex-American Oak barrels and Ex-Oloroso Sherry butts. 

aberlour
  • Owner

    Chivas Brothers Holdings
    Parent Company:
    Pernod Ricard

  • Status

    Operational

  • Country

    Scotland

  • Region

    Speyside

  • Production type:

    Single Malt

  • Founded

    1826

  • Production yearly

    3.800.000 Liters

History

The first distillery in the village of Aberlour was established in 1825 and ran until 1833, when the co-lessees James and John Grant left to build their own distillery, Glen Grant, in Rothes. The current distillery was the brainchild of James Fleming who built it in 1879 using water from St. Drostan’s Well, named after an early Columban monk, which is situated on the site.

Like many Victorian distilleries, it burnt down and, in 1898, had to be rebuilt. During World War II when the distillery was on short-term working, locals used to smuggle wash up the Aberlour burn and distil illicitly under the Linn Falls.

The distillery became part of Campbell Distillers in 1945, passing into the Pernod Ricard stable in 1974, the year after it had been expanded from two to four stills and wholly modernised internally. Its ownership has long given it a strong following in France. It is now part of Pernod’s whisky division, Chivas Brothers.

“Every year the people at Aberlour pours a bottle of 12 year old Aberlour into the river Spey to mark the beginning of the salmon fishing season in February. The water blessing encourages a good fishing season for the locals”
Livingbythedram
Whiskyblogger

Distillery Facts

Taste profile

Core range 

At this point Benromach’s core range is: 

  • 10 year old 
  • 12 year old Double Cask Matured
  • 14 year old Double Cask Matured
  • 16 year old Double Cask Matured
  • 18 year old Double Cask Matured
  • Aberlour Casg Annamh
  • Aberlour Triple Cask
  • Aberlour A’bunadh
  • Aberlour A’bunadh Alba Batch
  • Aberlour White Oak

Archive bottles: 

  • The distillery Reserve Collection
  • Aberlour Centenary 1979
  • Aberlour 40 year, vintage 1967 
  • Aberlour 30 year, vantage 1970

Aberlour A’bunadh batches

A natural cask strength Scotch single malt whisky that is matured in 1st Fill Oloroso sherry casks. These Aberlours are Non Age Statement whiskies, So the age is unknown. What we do know is this: 

  • Natural Color
  • NAS
  • Non Chill filtered 
  • Different kind of batches 
  • 1st Fill Ex-Oloroso Sherry casks
  • Natural Cask Strength 
  • A real Sherry bomb

Aberlour

Warehouse No.1 Single Cask Selection 

 

Hand filled bottles from a selection of barrels from warehouse No.1.

 
 

Aberlour A’Bunadh Alba Batches

 

A new range of cask strength Scotch single malt whiskies by Aberlour.

But this time Aberlour will use 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon barrels instead of the 1st fill Oloroso Sherry casks. 

  • Natural cask strength,
  • 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon barrels,
  • Natural color
  • Non-Chill filtered
  • NAS
  • A real Bourbon Bomb

They will be released in different kind of batches just like its older sister the A’bunadh.  

Aberlour Casg Annamh Small batch 

The Casg Annamh series from Aberlour takes its name from the Gaelic for “rare cask”, and a trio of casks are used to create the expressions – European oak sherry casks and two types of American oak cask. The result is brimming with toffee and dried fruit, alongside a generous handful of kitchen spices. This is the fourth batch from the series, delivering yet more Speyside single malt tastiness.

Distillery Tours

 
 

A classic tour that will show you around the distillery and in the end will let you taste some Aberlour 

DURATION:

About 1 hour

DRAMS

3 drams

COST

£ per person

A premium tour around the distillery that lets you taste all kind of different maturation stages of the Aberlour single malt whisky. You will also get a chance to taste the new make spirit of Aberlour.

DURATION:

About 1 hour

DRAMS

6 drams

COST

£ per person

A special treat for the connoisseur, with a relaxed tutored sampling of the best of the best. You will enjoy six of the most acclaimed Aberlour expressions in our fabulous tasting room.

DURATION:

About 1 hour

DRAMS

6 drams

COST

£20 per person

Our selection will focus on Aberlour and feature an array of whiskies from our sister distilleries across Speyside, with the emphasis being on the rare and exclusive.

Here you will find single cask editions, cask strengths and few surprises.

Please note this event does not include a distillery tour. Over 18s only please – Max 4 Guests

DURATION:

About 60 minutes

COST

£40 per person
 

To book this unforgettable experience, please call our team on +44 (0)1340 881249 or email aberlour.admin@pernod-ricard.com

Advanced booking essential, all visits are subject to availability.

Tastings 

You don’t have time for a tour, not to worry. you can still experience Aberlour amazing single malts whiskies at their visitors center. Hear their story and explore their range of whiskies with a short tasting.

You can also buy Aberlour at their shop in they visitor center next to the distillery. You definitely need to check this out if you are there. 
 
Aberlour was also one of the first distilleries to offer a ‘bottle your own’ whisky to visitors

Visitor center 

OPENING TIMES

March – November

OPENING TIMES

Day Times
Monday 09:30 17:00
Tuesday 09:30 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 17:00
Thursday 09:30 17:00
Friday 09:30 17:00
Saturday 09:30 17:00
Sunday 09:30 17:00

 

 

 

November -March

OPENING TIMES

Day Times
Monday 09:30 16:00
Tuesday 09:30 16:00
Wednesday 09:30 16:00
Thursday 09:30 16:00
Friday 09:30 16:00
Saturday Closed  
Sunday Closed  

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Aberlour Distillery
Aberlour
Moray
AB38 9PJ
United Kingdom
Aberlour social media links

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