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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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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
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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
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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
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Aberlour's sherry monster has become so popular it's now released every few months. There's a good reason for this: it's delicious.
If you like heavily sherried Speysides, this represents very good...  More info
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A gorgeous sherried Aberlour, distilled on the November 1990, aged in a refill sherry butt for 21 years before bottling in March of 2012. A release of just 271 bottles from a single cask, bottled by...  More info
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Batch 40 of the much sought-after 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...  More info
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Batch 41 of the much sought-after 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...  More info
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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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Aberlour 17 from our single cask range, this is a wonderfully zesty whisky that's full of surprises. Part of an outturn of 265 from a specially-selected bourbon cask...  More info
This is Batch 42 of the incredible A'Bunadh bottling from Speyside distillers Aberlour. This batch is bottled at a sturdy 60.3%abv and has the rich sherried character we know and love.  More info
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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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Aberlour 16 Year Old
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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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Aberlour 15 Year Old
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This single malt Speyside was matured in bourbon and sherry casks before being finished in Oloroso sherry wood, producing a rich 15 year old whisky with a deep amber hue. A classic Aberlour.  More info
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Aberlour a'Bunadh is a single malt whisky crafted in 19th century style. The Aberlour Distillery Manager, Douglas Cruickshank selects only the finest sherry butts for maturation and bottles the whisky...  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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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
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An 18 year old Speyside whisky from Aberlour distillery. Bottled in 2013 by Carn Mor, this is a release of just 406 bottles taken from 2 hogsheads.  More info
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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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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Aberlour a'Bunadh is a fantastically rich, cask strength whisky. Very dry and tingling with massive Oloroso sherry presence, just incredible.  More info
Aberlour a'Bunadh is a fantastically rich, cask strength whisky. Very dry and tingling with massive Oloroso sherry presence, just incredible.  More info
a'Bunadh This was specially made in the 19th century style – the old fashioned bottle reflects this. It is absolutely incredible stuff, matured in specially selected Oloroso sherry butts. This...  More info
Batch 26 of the outstanding a’Bunadh. We always say Aberlour a’Bunadh is whisky Christmas with plenty of sherry and mince pie flavours. Put simply, it's a huge dram. This a natural cask strength...  More info
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