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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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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
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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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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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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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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
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
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
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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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 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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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 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
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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
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
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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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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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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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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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