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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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You don't often seen independently bottled Aberlour whisky, so this is rather neat - a bottling of their Speyside single malt, presented by Berry Brothers & Rudd. It was distilled in 1994, matured for...  More info
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This 21 year old independent bottling of Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky is jam-packed with sweet fruit and grist notes - yum yum yum. It was distilled in September 1992, matured in a single refill...  More info
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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
$153.34
You may know Aberlour's whisky as being particularly Sherried (especially if you're more familiar with their a'Bunadh releases). Well, for these White Oak releases, Aberlour mature their Speyside...  More info
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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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$70.68
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
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$62.09
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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$68.43
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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$127.48
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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$57.11
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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$38.80
The third batch of Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, once again features the the world famous 'Mash Tun' whisky bar and hotel on its label. It also still...  More info
$70.07
Fifty. Five tens. Two twenty-fives. Half of a hundred. However you put it, that's a heck of a lot of well Sherried single malts from Aberlour's excellent a'Bunadh series. Batch 50 is another great...  More info
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$62.87
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
An independently bottled Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, matured in bourbon hogsheads. It was distilled back in 2000 and aged for 14 years, until 2014, when it was bottled by WM Cadenhead with an...  More info
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Aberlour a'Bunadh is a fantastically rich, cask strength whisky. Very dry and tingling with massive Oloroso sherry presence, just incredible.  More info
Aberlour a'Bunadh is a fantastically rich, cask strength whisky. Very dry and tingling with massive Oloroso sherry presence, just incredible.  More info
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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a'Bunadh This was specially made in the 19th century style – the old fashioned bottle reflects this. It is absolutely incredible stuff, matured in specially selected Oloroso sherry butts. This...  More info
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
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
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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Batch 26 of the outstanding a’Bunadh. We always say Aberlour a’Bunadh is whisky Christmas with plenty of sherry and mince pie flavours. Put simply, it's a huge dram. This a natural cask strength...  More info
Batch 28 of a'Bunadh, Aberlour's stunning sherry monster! At cask strength this weighs in as a powerful proposition, Oloroso sherry washing down mince pies, exceptional.  More info
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 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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