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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 litre bottle of 15 year old Aberlour, this was matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.  More info
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Some lovely rare single cask Aberlour here! This was bottled by Signatory and left at natural cask strength. Part of a release of 228 bottles matured in hogshead number 101773.  More info
Batch 29 from the astounding range of a'Bunadh whisky from Aberlour. "a'Bunadh" is Gaelic for "Original". These are small batches crafted in the old fashioned style of big bodied, sherry matured...  More info
Aberlour a'Bunadh is one of our all time favourite whiskies. The name is Gaelic for "original", a reference to the classic styling and production methods used to make the whisky. A heavy sherry...  More info
Single malt from Aberlour, distilled in 1995 before bottling by Duncan Taylor for the NC2 range in 2010. Finished in a port pipe.  More info
This is a single cask, refill hogshead number 4934, distilled at Aberlour in the Autumn of 1996, matured for 12 years and bottled by Douglas Laing in the Winter of 2009 for the Provenance range.  More info
A 17 year old single cask from Aberlour, matured in refill hogshead number 4275, with an outturn of 335 bottles. Distilled in November of 1990 and bottled by Douglas Laing in May of 2008 for the Old...  More info
The new edition of a'Bunadh from Aberlour. This is one of our favourite whiskies of all time - big on the spicy, peppery, dry raisiny sherry - astonishing. Every bar/whisky shelf should have one!  More info
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Single cask Aberlour, we loved cask 101773 - it tasted like pure honey, so this new release is sure to be a stunner. Distilled on the 2nd October 1990 and aged for 19 years in hogshead number 101774...  More info
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We always look forward to the release of the next batch of a'Bunadh with palpable excitement. This great, old-fashioned, sherry matured, natural cask strength whisky from Aberlour may just be one of...  More info
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A 10 year old Aberlour from the Provenance range. This was distilled in the Winter of 1996 and aged in refill hogshead number 3113 before bottling in Winter 2006. Lots of spicy notes, particularly...  More info
$47.89
The astonishing new batch of a'Bunadh. Batch 33 boasts a heady Oloroso sherry and spice flavour, and brand new packaging. This was specially selected by Douglas Cruickshank, Aberlour's Distillery...  More info
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A 17 year old single cask Aberlour from Duncan Taylor's Rare Auld series. This was distilled in April of 1993 and aged in cask number 2840 before bottling in September 2010 at cask strength.  More info
Batch 34 of Aberlour a'Bunadh is strong and fantastically rich in flavour. It was aged in Oloroso sherry and bottled at natural cask strength. One of our desert island malts.  More info
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Batch 32 in Aberlour's brilliant a'Bunadh series made in the old fashioned style of single malt production and aged in fresh Oloroso sherry casks.  More info
Distilled at Aberlour on the 2nd October 1990, this was aged for 19 years in hogshead number 101776 before bottling at cask strength on the 24th September 2010. A release of 247 bottles.  More info
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Some lovely rare single cask Aberlour here! This was bottled by Signatory and left at natural cask strength. Part of a release of 228 bottles matured in hogshead.  More info
If you want intense, spicy Oloroso sherry, masses of character, and at natural cask strength, all for under £40, it has to be a'Bunadh. Batch 35 is a stonker!  More info
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Aberlour 1990
(100cl, 40%)
A very special, and extremely rare 1990 vintage bottle of Aberlour, bottled in a litre bottle.  More info
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$159.83
Released in over a decade ago, this is the original No Batch release of Aberlour a'Bunadh. An incredible collector's item which is likely to fly of our shelves in minutes, this is a rare find...  More info
Batch 36 of Aberlour's a'Bunadh - a cask strength, "ultra-sherried" whisky, made in the style of the days of Yore. Full of stunning raisin flavour and sweet spices. Like eaten a mince pie dowsed in...  More info
A wonderfully rich Aberlour, aged in a single hogshead for 20 years. It was bottled at natural cask strength in 2011 by Signatory, and there are just 269 individually-numbered bottles.  More info
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