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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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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
$166.12
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
$127.23
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
$66.79
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
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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
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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
$352.96
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
$65.96
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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$80.33
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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$71.13
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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$40.29
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
$101.24
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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$119.68
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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$101.24
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
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
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
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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$168.79
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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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
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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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
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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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
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 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
$50.58
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