Aberlour

Aberlour-Distillery


  • Founded: 1879
  • Status: Operational
  • Region: Speyside, Scotland – Aberlour, Banffshire AB38 9PJ +44 (0) 1340881249
  • Online: https://www.aberlour.com/

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.


The Whiskyphiles tasting notes

Official bottling
  • Aberlour-10-Years-Old-single-malt-scotch-whisky Aberlour 10 Years Old (2013) - Wow! for an entry level expression this has it all, beautiful apple-fresh speyside spirit and lashings of bourbon and sherry influences create a real complex toffee monster. This is permanently part of my collection, on my 3rd or 4th bottle and I intend to keep buying another as soon as the last one is finished. A perfect example from one of my favourite distilleries. 83/100
  • Aberlour White Oak 2001-single-malt-scotch-whisky Aberlour 11 Years Old 2001 White Oak (2013) - This is more interesting and refined compared to the Aberlour 10 year old. I think I will cherish this one for now and look out for a similar cask maturation with a little more age. It is surprising how fruity the Aberlour distillate is as I had assumed much came from the sherry cask. This is a beautiful contrast to the 10 year old and a worthy part of my collection. Plus it is always nice to surprise friends with something they are likely not to have seen or tasted before. There is a good chance I will buy more of this. 69/100
  • Aberlour 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Matured Aberlour 12 Years Old Sherry Cask Matured (2013) - Still drinking this big litre bottle. Saving myself for the Aberlour A’Bunadh next after hearing so much about it. This is a nice dram but sadly for me has all the rubbery musty oaky notes and doesn’t develop the full-on sherry fruit flavours from the 10 year old that I love. If you like your aged whisky a little wooden then this is a must for you as the oak is superbly balanced and not drying in the slightest. 75/100
  • aberlour-16-years-old-sherry-cask-hf Aberlour 16 Years Old 2000 Sherry Cask (2016) - Aberlour 16 Years Old Sherry Cask Whisky Review Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Aberlour Distillery Bottling: Pernod Ricard/Chivas Brothers; Hand fill distillery only ABV: 56.2% Cost: £70 What they say: […]
  • Aberlour 16 Year Old 2003 The Distillery Reserve collection Aberlour 16 Years Old 2003 Distillery Reserve Collection (2021) - A little tannic and spicy at cask strength but water's well. Throughout despite heavy sherry cask influence there was a constant note of fresh and waxed red apples, a superbly sherried Aberlour.
  • aberlour-18-year-old-whisky Aberlour 18 Years Old (2019) - Aberlour 18 Year Old whisky review: Much more dried fruit and sherry influence in the 18 year old expression as compared to the Aberlour Triple Cask I sampled in this little duet. Still quite fresh and zesty polish and pear drop distillate character and masses of apples join much of the sherry-derived darker fruits. 88/100
  • AberlourA'Bunadh45 Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 45 (2013) - Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 45 Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Aberlour Distillery Bottling: Official – Pernod Ricard ABV: 60.2% Cost: £35.69 Score: 85/100 What they say: With each batch carefully made […]
  • Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 49 (2014) - Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 49 Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Aberlour Distillery Bottling: Offical (Pernod Ricard) ABV: 60.1% Cost: £33.60 for 70cl from Waitrose Score: 85/100 What they say: With each […]
  • aberlour-triple-cask-whisky Aberlour Triple Cask (2019) - Aberlour Triple Cask whisky review: A soft and gentle expression full of red apples, some cinnamon bubblegum and pear drops suggest youthfulness but also distillery character here too. Rather pleasing at this price, and an acceptable replacement for the 10 year old expression. 83/100
Independent Bottling
Cadenhead
  • Aberlour 19yo Sauternes Cadenheads Aberlour 19 Years Old 1995 Wine Cask (2015) - Aberlour-Glenlivet 19 Years Old 1995 Wine Cask (52.6%, Cadenheads, Sauternes Cask, 264 Bottles, 2014) Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Aberlour Distillery Bottling: Cadenhead’s ABV: 52.6% Cost: £55 for 70cl Score: […]
  • Aberlour 21 Years Old 1989 Authentic Collection (2014) - Aberlour-Glenlivet 21 Years Old 1989 Authentic Collection (57.5%, Cadenheads, Bourbon HH, 282 Bottles, 2011) Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Aberlour Distillery Bottling: Wm Cadenhead’s ABV: 57.5% Cost: £65.50 from Wm […]
Carn Mor
  • Aberlour 18 Years Old 1994 Vintage Collection (2015) - Aberlour 18 Years Old 1994 Vintage Collection (46%, Càrn Mòr, HH #4413, 720 Bottles, 2012) Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Aberlour Distillery Bottling: Carn Mor (Morrison & Mackay) ABV: 46% […]
Lockett Bros
  • Craigleith Aberlour 20 LB Aberlour 20 Years Old 1991 Craigleith (2014) - Aberlour 20 Years Old 1991 Craigleith (46%, Lockett Bros, Bourbon HH #101284, 166 Bottles, 2012) Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Aberlour Distillery Bottling: Lockett Bros ABV: 46% Cost: £50 for […]
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
  • SMWS 54.36 pocket rocket SMWS 54.36 Pocket rocket (2015) - A little underwhelming, I found this quite one-dimensional 'fruity' and was a little disappointed - though that may have been partly due to my expectation of Aberlour to be much more entertaining than this. I guess despite the quality of the spirit a young refill barrel hasn't completely tamed this one for me and adding water makes it more interesting but not necessarily more enjoyable? Sadly my least favourite of the tasting. 81/100
That Boutique-Y Whisky Company
  • Aberlour Batch #1 That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Aberlour Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) (2014) - Aberlour Batch 1 (54.6%, That Boutique-y Whisky Company, 2012) Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Aberlour Distillery Bottling: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Batch #1 ABV: 54.6% ABV Cost: £43.95 for 50cl […]