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Aultmore

The distillery was built in 1895 by Benrinnes-owner Alexander Edward, who sited it just north of Keith in the heart of Speyside. Just two years later, the company was under the management of Oban & Aultmore Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd and production was greatly increased with the addition of a steam engine to power the facilities - in fact the distillery would employ the ten horsepower steam engine twenty-four hours a day for the next seventy years.

Following the Pattison Crisis, Aultmore (pronounced ‘Ollt-MORE’) closed for several years. The distillery briefly reopened in 1903, but was forced into closure once more owing to the barley shortage during the First World War. In 1923, the distillery was acquired by John Dewar & Sons for £20,000 and, two years later, became part of Distillers Company Limited, today a subsidiary of Diageo.

In 1969, Aultmore switched from steam to electricity and a further two years later increased its capacity and doubled its stills to four. The original steam engines are still on display at the distillery. Aultmore, which derives from the Scotch Gaelic for ‘Big burn’, takes its water from the Burn of Auchinderran. The great majority of the spirit produced at Aultmore is used in Dewar’s blended products, but following Bacardi’s acquisition of the company an official twelve year-old bottling was released in 2004. There have been independent bottlings from bottlers including Blackadder and Douglas Laing.

Aultmore Whisky Distillery

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About Aultmore Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01542 881800

Distillery Founded

1896

Distillery Capacity

2 900 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

John Dewar & Sons (Bacardi)

Distillery Address

Keith, Banffshire

1896

Alexander Edward, owner of Benrinnes and co-founder of Craigellachie Distillery builds Aultmore.

1897

Production starts.

1898

Production is doubled; the company Oban & Aultmore Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd manages Aultmore.

1923

Alexander Edward sells Aultmore for £20,000 to John Dewar & Sons.

1925

Dewar’s becomes part of Distillers Company Limited (DCL).

1930

The administration is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).

1971

The stills are increased from two to four.

1991

UDV launches a 12-year old Aultmore in the Flora & Fauna series.

1996

A 21 year old cask strength is marketed as a Rare Malt.

1998

Diageo sells Dewar’s and Bombay Gin to Bacardi for £1 150 million.

2004

A new official bottling is launched

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A 1995 'vintage' from the Connoisseurs Choice range from Gordon and MacPhail. This single malt was distilled at the Aultmore distillery in Keith, Speyside and is rather light, fresh and a...  More info
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Aultmore 12 Year Old
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Aultmore is one of Speyside's finest, but least known distilleries, and this 12 year old malt is well worth a go.  More info
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Now owned by Dewars Bacardi, the Aultmore distillery is one of Speyside's best kept secrets. This excellent vintage is one of the best we've tried.  More info
A single cask from the Aultmore distillery. This was distilled in Winter of 1996 and matured for 13 years in single sherry butt number 4856 before bottling in Winter 2009 by Douglas Laing for their...  More info
This 15 year old is made up of three casks of bourbon matured Aultmore, distilled in 1992 and bottled by Speciality Drinks in September 2007 as part of a release of 810 bottles. Jim Murray awarded...  More info
Single cask Aultmore, distilled in 1974, and matured in American oak barrel number 3739 for 35 years before bottling by Adelphi in 2010. A release of 101 bottles at cask strength.  More info
A 12 year old from the Aultmore distillery, bottled under Ian MacLeod's Dun Bheagan label. This was distilled in May of 1997, and aged in a sherry butt (cask number 90501) before bottling as part of a...  More info
From Adelphi's great little range of 10cl minis, this was distilled at Aultmore in 1974 and aged for 35 years in cask numbewr 3739 before bottling in 2010 as part of a release of 101 cask strength...  More info
A single cask release of just 168 bottles from the Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled at Aultmore in April 1974 and aged for 36 years in a refill hogshead before bottling in July 2010.  More info
This was distilled at Aultmore on the 25th May 1982, and aged in hogshead 2216 for 28 years before bottling by Bladnoch on the 6h August 2010 as part of a release of 156 cask strength bottles.  More info
A 9 year old Aultmore, bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This was selected for its spicy sweetness, which the bottlers wanted for it to be the ultimate cigar malt - a whisky destined...  More info
Distilled at Aultmore, this fantastic whisky was finished in a Medoc wine cask, which has lent the whisky notes of strawberries and cream, spices and grape.  More info
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This Aultmore was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2011 by independent bottlers Gordon& MacPhail of Elgin, Scotland.  More info
$60.85
This incredible Aultmore was aged in a single cask for 22 years. It was bottled in March 2011 for Duncan Taylor's impressive Rare Auld range, and there are just 216 bottles!  More info
This was distilled at Aultmore in May 1982, it was then aged for 28 years in cask 2232, before being bottled for Duncan Taylor's Rare Auld range in May 2011. A release of 207 bottles.  More info
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