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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 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
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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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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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
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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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