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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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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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Aberlour 10 Year Old
(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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$40.07
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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$114.99
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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$75.29
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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$70.74
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
$227.12
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
$351.01
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
$75.57
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
$66.42
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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$85.56
Bottled by our fair hands here at Master of Malt, this is a single cask release of Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1992 and matured for 20 years in cask 4955. There was an outturn of...  More info
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$87.24
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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$66.42
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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$66.42
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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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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This is Batch 44 of the irrepressible Aberlour A'Bunadh bottling. The A'Bunadh is labelled without an age statement and is bottled at a cask strength of 59.7% abv. Although each batch is unique, this...  More info
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$58.83
A natural cask strength bottling of Aberlour distilled in 1992 and aged for 19 years in a single cask (number 3919) before bottling by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2012. Wonderful stuff.  More info
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$120.83
This is a 12 year old, single cask Aberlour from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in June 2000 before a refill hogshead maturation. It was then bottled in January 2013 and there...  More info
$95.07
Aberlour was once known as Aberlour-Glenlivet - back when Speyside distilleries tried to cash in on the cachet of the Glenlivet Distillery following legal action which prevented them calling...  More info
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Batch 37 of the astonishing Aberlour a'Bunadh. Described as a respectful toast to Aberlour's founder, James Fleming, this stunning whisky is produced in the style of the 19th century whiskies once...  More info
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$60.37
A super rare Aberlour, distilled in 1989 and dunnage matured - meaning the barrels are aged in old warehouses, just stacked directly on top of each other - a rare thing to find these days. A release...  More info
$209.84
One of the most stunning ongoing batch releases in the whisky world, and certainly one of the best value-for-money buys out there. Aberlour's incredible a'Bunadh is aged in first fill Oloroso sherry...  More info
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Distilled on the 2nd October 1990 and aged in hogshead number 101779 for 20 years, this single cask Aberlour was bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection on the 15th September 2011. A...  More info
$100.68
This single cask Aberlour was distilled in November 1993 and it was aged in cask 7371 for 18 years before bottling in November 2011. A release of 277 numbered bottles, bottled for Duncan Taylor's...  More info
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This is a twenty year old Aberlour from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask Range.

The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings in 1998 to commemorate Douglas Laing's fiftieth...  More info
$130.82
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