Aberlour

Location and contact details

Location Location: Aberlour Distillery, Aberlour, Banffshire, AB38 9PJ
Web Web: http://www.aberlour.com/
Telephone Telephone: +44 (0) 1340 881 249
Twitter Twitter: Aberlour VC (@AberlourVC)

Facts and figures

Location Aberlour
Founded 1879
Owner Pernod Ricard
Founder James Fleming
Number of stills 2 wash stills (21,310 litres)
2 spirit stills (20,000 litres and 15,456 litres)

Opening Hours

The distillery is open five days a week all year round and seven days a week between March to November. Check http://www.aberlour.com/distillery/ for full details.

It is recommended tours be booked in advance either using the web form or contacting the distillery on the above number.

Tours

The Aberlour Experience £14

A one and a half hour tour at 1000 or 1400 (sometimes at 1200) followed by a tutored nosing and tasting of six of the most acclaimed Aberliour expressions.

James Fleming Tour £50

A two hour in-depth tour at 1030 on Wednesdays and Thursdays which begins with a welcome dram. The tour allows nosing of different fractions of the spirit run and is followed by a tutored tasting of cask strength samples of Aberlour drawn from American and Spanish oak. The climax of the tour is in Warehouse 1. Here drams are drawn direct from three different types of cask; a barrel, a hogshead and a sherry butt. These drams will demonstrate the rich complexity of Aberlour single malts available to create the range of expressions of Aberlour Single Malt Whisky. They will be served to you in Aberlour branded glasses which will be presented to you as a souvenir of your visit.

History

James Fleming, son of a local tenant farmer built Aberlour Distillery in 1879 after having worked at Dailuiane, Carron for ten years. Producing whisky from 1880 onwards until his death at the age of 65 in 1895. Fleming is buried opposite the distillery in the village cemetery. Robert Thorne & Sons bought the distillery and ran it until 1921. In 1921, Robert Thorne & Sons Ltd sold the distillery to W. H. Holt & Sons, a brewery near Manchester. In 1945 S. Campbell & Sons Ltd bought the distillery. In 1975 Pernod Ricard acquired Campbell Distilleries, and they joined with Chivas Brothers in 2001 forming a portfolio of 14 single malt distilleries and 1 grain distillery in Scotland, and 2 gin distilleries in England. In 2002, a new, modernized visitor centre was opened.
Information correct as of 5/6/2016
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Aberlour distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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