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Aberfeldy

Founded in 1896 by John Dewar & Sons, nearby the town of the same name in the Eastern Highlands; Aberfeldy sits on the south bank of the river Tay and the distillery takes its water from the Pitilie Burn. Often overlooked, Aberfeldy sells a mere 6,000 cases a year, even since being bought up by Bacardi in 1998, a century after production first began at the distillery. However, Bacardi has been, of late, auspiciously promoting the distillery and drawing consumer attention to Dewar’s White Label, widely recognised in the US as a premium blended Scotch whisky; White Label's chief ingredient being Aberfeldy.

In 2008, Dewar launched the Whisky Challenge, a campaign conceived to increase brand recognition of White Label. The Whisky Challenge was based at various airports and involved a blind taste test, whereby travellers could compare it with other premium Scotch blends. Of late, annual production capacity has been increased to 3.5 million litres by the addition of new employees, a longer working week and shorter fermentation time. Today, the distillery only produces two official bottlings; these being a twelve year old and a twenty-one year old. The label features a red squirrel, a reference to a nearby woodland which plays host to a colony of rare squirrels.

Aberfeldy Whisky Distillery

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About Aberfeldy Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01887 822010

Distillery Founded

1896

Distillery Capacity

3 500 000 litres

Distillery Address

Aberfeldy, Perthshire

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

John Dewar & Sons (Bacardi)

Distillery Website

www.dewarswow.com

1896

John and Tommy Dewar embark on the construction of the distillery a stone’s throw from the old Pitilie distillery which was active from 1825 to 1867. Their objective is to produce a single malt for their blended whisky - White Label.

1898

Production starts in November.

1917

– The distillery closes.

1925

Distillers Company Limited (DCL) takes over.

1930

Operations are transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).

1972

Reconstruction takes place, the floor maltings is closed and the two stills are increased to four.

1991

The first official bottling is a 15 year old in the Flora & Fauna series.

1998

Bacardi buys John Dewar & Sons from Diageo at a price of £1,150 million. Five malt distilleries and Bombay Sapphire Gin are included in the purchase.

2000

A visitor centre opens and a 25 year old is released to commemorate.

2005

A 21 year old is launched in October, replacing the 25 year old.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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Aberfeldy 12 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
The classic 12 Year Old Aberfeldy single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in the Highlands. While the label sadly no longer features a red squirrel, it now comes with a rather handsome black and...  More info
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$46.09
Aberfeldy 21 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
Launched in October of 2005, this 21 year old lies at the core of the Aberfeldy range and is something of a flagship for the brand. This bottling was heralded as the Best Mainland Single Malt at the...  More info
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$146.13
This is the first batch of the gloriously malty, cereal-rich Aberfeldy from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. The label for this features a wonderful illustration of the renowned whisky writer Ian...  More info
$104.20
Part of the Connoisseurs Choice collection from Gordon & MacPhail, this Aberfeldy single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 1999 and left to mature in refill Sherry hogsheads. It was bottled by...  More info
$74.54
Awesome Aberfeldy single malt, bottled by Wemyss. It was distilled in 1994, aged in a single hogshead and bottled in 2014 with an outturn of 242 bottles. Of course, as it's a Wemyss bottling, it's got...  More info
$156.76
This 1989 bottling of the Highland favourite, Aberfeldy, was launched to replace the previous 1988 vintage in Gordon and MacPhail's renowned Connoisseur's Choice range.  More info
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Aberfeldy's superbly packaged "Bits of Strange Malt Whisky" was aged in a sherry-seasoned cask for 16 years before bottling at cask-strength. It was launched to commemorate King Creosote and FOUND's...  More info
$238.25
Matured in a sherry cask since 1996 until 2013, this Aberfeldy independent bottlinbg by Gordon and MacPhail has been imparted with some wonderfully fruity notes from that cask.  More info
$71.76
This Aberfeldy was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2012. Aberfeldy is situated in the Eastern Highlands and produces the popular twenty-one year old bottling.  More info
$74.17
An independent bottling of Aberfeldy 1994 dubbed 'Melon Cocktail' by Wemyss Malts. 311 bottles of this fruity treat were produced.  More info
$143.16
Independent bottling of Aberfeldy, the Connoissuers Choice range has produced some wonderful whiskies and this is no exception.  More info
$152.40
A tasty Highland dram, this was distilled at Aberfeldy on the 7th June 1994, aged in hogshead 4030 and bottled after 17 years on the 10th January 2012. A rich, peppery malt and a release of 288...  More info
$105.28
Bottled from a mix of two hogsheads (casks 4704 and 4716), this is a 15 year old Aberfeldy from Signatory, distilled on the 17th July 1996 and bottled on the 2nd March 2012. A release of 847...  More info
$61.22
Distilled at Aberfeldy in 1991, this Highland single malt was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail at 46% abv as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range in 2012.  More info
$75.23
This is an 18 year old single cask Aberfeldy from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in June 1994 before a maturation in a refill hogshead. It was bottled in June 2012 and there are...  More info
$123.41
A single cask from the Aberfeldy distillery. This was distilled on the 7th June 1994 and matured in hogshead number 4024 for 14 years before bottling on the 9th June 2008 by Signatory. A release of...  More info
14 year old single cask Aberfeldy, distilled in June 1994, aged in a refill hogshead and bottled in March of 2009. A release of 338 bottles, bottled by Douglas Laing.  More info
1990 Vintage Aberfeldy matured in refill sherry hogsheads before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$57.16
Distilled at Aberfeldy on the 7th June 1994, and aged in hogshead number 4026 for 16 years before bottling on the 7th June 2010. A batch of 435 numbered bottles from Signatory.  More info
$54.47

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