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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 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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$39.55
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
$64.74
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
$65.55
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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$69.81
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
$74.58
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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$78.84
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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$117.46
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
$124.87
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
$132.11
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
$163.04
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
$346.42
Matured in both traditional oak and sherry casks, this demonstrates the rich, intensity of Aberlour single malt. Peppery and fruity.  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
$49.64
Aberlour 15 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
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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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
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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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 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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$57.36
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
$57.93
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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$58.06
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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$59.58
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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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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$59.58
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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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
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