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Aberlour

Aberlour (pronounced ‘Abba-LOW-errr’) sits at the base of the rugged mountain range, Ben Rinnes. Nestled in the village of the same name, the distillery was founded by Peter Weir and James Gordon in 1826, though Peter was to pull out a year later. The village lies on the Lour Burn, which converges with the River Spey just 270 metres from the distillery. The 6th century Celtic saint St Drostan, baptised local chiefs in the distillery’s water source.

Owned by Chivas Brothers, a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, Aberlour is the seventh bestselling Scotch single malt. The distillery was rebuilt twice due to devastating fire damage; the first rebuild took place in 1879 and was financed by James Fleming, a local banker who relocated it upstream. It was rebuilt again in 1898 and was redesigned by the architect Charles Doig. The core expression, a ten year-old, is a marriage of sherry and bourbon butt and, in 2003, it won the trophy for best single malt at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Aberlour Whisky Distillery

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About Aberlour Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01340 881249

Distillery Founded

1826

Distillery Capacity

3 500 000 litres

Distillery Address

Aberlour, Banffshire

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Chivas Brothers Ltd (Pernod Ricard)

Distillery Website

www.aberlour.com

1826

James Gordon and Peter Weir found the first Aberlour Distillery.

1827

Peter Weir withdraws and James Gordon continues alone.

1879

A fire devastates most of the distillery. The local banker James Fleming constructs a new distillery a few kilometres upstream the Spey river.

1892

The distillery is sold to Robert Thorne & Sons Ltd who expands it.

1898

Another fire rages and almost totally destroys the distillery. The architect Charles Doig is called in to design the new facilities.

1921

Robert Thorne & Sons Ltd sells Aberlour to W. H. Holt & Sons, a brewery near Manchester.

1945

S. Campbell & Sons Ltd buys the distillery.

1962

Aberlour terminates floor malting.

1973

Number of stills increased from two to four.

1975

Pernod Ricard buys Campbell Distilleries.

2000

Aberlour a´bunadh is launched. A limited 30 year old cask strength is released.

2001

Pernod Ricard buys Chivas Brothers from Seagrams and merges Chivas Brothers and Campbell Distilleries under the brand Chivas Brothers.

2002

A new, modernized visitor centre is inaugurated in August.

2008

The 18 year old is introduced also outside France.

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(70cl, 40%)
Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, this 10 year old from Aberlour remains a perennial favourite, typical of the modern Speyside style and thoroughly approachable. Such is its...  More info
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$38.39
Aberlour 18 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
This rich, spicy 18 year old from Aberlour was only released for general consumption in 2008, prior to this it had only been produced for the French market.  More info
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$114.03
Batch 49 of Aberlour's A'Bunadh looks to continue the cask strength, well Sherried awesomeness that we all love from the series. As ever, this Highland single malt Scotch whisky was matured in Spanish...  More info
$62.85
The fantastic and always popular Aberlour 12 Year Old, matured in both traditional oak and sherry casks, now bottled at 40% abv.  More info
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$67.77
Matured in two types of casks, the traditional oak and sherry oak casks and bottled at a slightly lower abv of 40% than previous editions, this 16 year old Aberlour is bursting with lush plum, raisin...  More info
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$76.54
No whisky was chillfiltered in the making of this Aberlour, keeping all the flavour from the cask in the whisky, not the filter. It is a 12 year old expression of Highland single malt Scotch whisky...  More info
$63.64
The third batch of Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, once again features the the world famous 'Mash Tun' whisky bar and hotel on its label. It also still...  More info
$72.33
A 15 year old Aberlour single malt, usually found on mainland Europe but some of these tasty rascals have drifted out to our little island. Matured in a mixed of sherry and bourbon casks, lending...  More info
$72.41
This was distilled at the Aberlour distillery in 1988. It was aged in cask 5551 and bottled at natural cask strength in 2011 by top wine merchants Berry Brothers and Rudd. This is a soft, fruity, rich...  More info
$158.28
This 21 year old independent bottling of Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky is jam-packed with sweet fruit and grist notes - yum yum yum. It was distilled in September 1992, matured in a single refill...  More info
$159.92
Batch 47 of Aberlour's incredibly popular a'Bunadh series. As always, it's a stunning single malt which has matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry butts and been bottled at a sturdy 60.7% abv. No...  More info
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$62.94
The a'Bunadh comes around again! This is Batch 48 of Aberlour's immensely popular, cask strength, mega-Sherried single malt Scotch whisky, which has been bottled at 59.7% ABV this time. Always a...  More info
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$62.85
Embrace the Darkness! Embrace it, let it into your heart! Or should that be, let it into your glass? You should definitely do both, as this 20 year old Aberlour deserves your love and attention. It...  More info
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$96.46
Before this 20 year old Aberlour was bottled, it spent 3 months in specially coopered, 50 litre, first-fill Pedro Ximénez casks. These little rascals impart Sherry notes in spades and at a faster...  More info
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$96.46
Batch 46 is only the second Aberlour a'Bunadh batch released in 2013 (so far), so we imagine that many fans of the series have been eagerly awaiting this delicious dram. As usual, the Aberlour...  More info
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$63.64
This is the second batch of deliciously sherried single malt from the Aberlour distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Expect a rich, dark, spicy whisky with oodles of complexity coming...  More info
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88 bottles of Aberlour single malt whisky which was distilled in 1988? 88 from '88?! There's obviously a big conspiracy here! Either that, or Douglas Laing just thought that this whisky tasted perfect...  More info
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An Aberlour, bottle by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. But this isn't just a regular Old Malt Cask bottling, which are already pretty special in themselves. This is part of their 15th...  More info
$169.25
24 year old Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the fine folks at Càrn Mòr for their excellent Celebration of the Cask range. Always exciting to see Aberlour whisky of this age, properly...  More info
$226.89
An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Aberlour distillery (with this bottle featuring a rather old-school name of theirs). It was matured in bourbon casks for 23 years. Part of WM...  More info
$128.25
Matured in both traditional oak and sherry casks, this demonstrates the rich, intensity of Aberlour single malt. Peppery and fruity.  More info
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Batch 45 of the mighty Aberlour a'Bunadh. Matured in Oloroso butts and bottled at natural cask strength without chill filtration, the high standard Aberlour maintain across these batches is admirable...  More info
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$63.64
23 year old Aberlour single malt, as bottled by WM Cadenhead for their Authentic Collection. It was distilled during the wonderful year of 1989 and left to mature in a bourbon hogshead. In the equally...  More info
$128.25
An independent bottling of Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, taken from a single bourbon hogshead which lovingly matured the whisky for 19 years. The cask was filled in February 1995 and opened by...  More info
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Aberlour 16 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A spiced, rich 16 year old Speyside single malt, 'double matured' in both ex-bourbon and sherry casks. A great Aberlour.  More info
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