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Aberfeldy Distillery

Region: Highlands, Scotland. PH15 2EB

Founded: 1896 by John Dewar & Sons, opened 1898

Status: Active

Owner: Bacardi

Water source: Pitilie Burn

Mash tun: Stainless steel

Washbacks: 8x Siberian Larch 2x Stainless steel

Stills: 2x Wash, 2x Spirit

Capacity: 3.5 million litres per annum


Aberfeldy Distillery was founded by the John Dewar & Sons, Ltd. in 1896, and opened in 1898. The distillery is located on the eastern outskirts of Aberfeldy, on the southern bank of the upper Tay. The demand for barley as a basic foodstuff during World War I led to the distillery being closed from 1917 to 1919. The Second World War also caused barley supplies to be cut, and the distillery was again forced to shut down for some of this period. Supply to final markets was kept up by reducing the period whisky was laid up from 7 years to 3. In 1972 the distillery was enlarged, and the old stills were replaced by four new steam heated stills. In 1999, an Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Single Malt brand was introduced. In 2000, the Earl of Elgin opened “Dewar’s World of Whisky” at the Aberfeldy Distillery: this is a centre for marketing the products and educating the public about the process of distillation and history of the Dewar’s brand. Aberfeldy is the largest malt whisky component of Dewar’s Blended Whisky.

Aberfeldy Whisky Reviews:

  • Aberfeldy_16YO Aberfeldy 16 Years Old ~ 40% (Bacardi) - Smooth and oily, perhaps a touch over-spiced for my palate in places this is a dram full of subtleties that rewards spending some time with. 83/100
  • Aberfeldy Cask 6978 Aberfeldy 20 Years Old 1994 Cask 6978 ~ 56.9% (Aberfeldy Distillery) - Review: Aberfeldy 20 Years Old 1994 Cask 6978 Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Aberfeldy Distillery Bottling: Distillery Only Bottle-Your-Own ABV: 56.9% Cost: £80 for 70cl Score: 84/100 What they say: Distillery exclusive bottle-your-own Cask 6978 was laid down in 1994, this sample was taken in 2014 (hence ~ 20 years old) What I […]
  • Aberfeldy 21 Years Old ~ 40% (Bacardi) - Review: Aberfeldy 21 Years Old Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Aberfeldy Distillery Bottling: Official – Bacardi ABV: 40% ABV, Cost: £116.76 from Master of Malt or £82.41 from Amazon Score: 85/100 What they say: Launched in October of 2005, this 21 year old lies at the core of the Aberfeldy range and is something of […]
  • The Whiskyphiles Aberfeldy Distillery Aberfeldy 26 Years Old 1988 Cask 1087 (Aberfeldy Distillery) - Review: Aberfeldy 26 Years Old 1988 Cask 1087 Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Aberfeldy Distillery Bottling: Single cask sample ABV: ~ 55% Cost: N/A Score: 93/100 What they say: Distilled in 1988, this had slumbered in the warehouse at Aberfeldy for around 25 years before it was opened up for direct sampling during […]
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