Aberlour distillery

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Coordinates: 57°28′2″N 3°13′44″W / 57.46722°N 3.22889°W / 57.46722; -3.22889

Aberlour Distillery
Aberlour Distillery
Region: Speyside
Location Aberlour
Owner Pernod Ricard
Founded 1826
Founder James Gordon and Peter Weir
Status active
Number of stills
  • 2 Wash stills: each 21,310 l[1]
  • 2 Spirit stills: 20,000 l and 15,456 l[2]
Website www.aberlour.com

Aberlour is a distillery of Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, in Aberlour, Strathspey, Scotland, at the confluence of the rivers Lour and Spey near Ben Rinnes.


The whisky comes in a variety of ages, including a 10, 12, 15, 16, 18 and a rare 30-year-old 1970 vintage malt, as well as a cask strength release called (A'bunadh) with no age statement. Most of the variants are aged in American ex-bourbon casks, a standard for many single malts.[3] Aberlour also releases a range of malts that, after aging in bourbon casks, are finished in casks previously used to mature varieties of fortified wines or sherries, a method applied to appeal particularly to the French market.[3]


Aberlour whiskies have had some success at spirit ratings competitions, including the following awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competitions.

  • 10-year: Double gold medal, prior to 2004.[4]
  • 12-year: Gold medal, 2007; Silver medal, 2011.[5]
  • 15-year: Double gold medal, prior to 2004.[6]
  • 16-year: Double gold medal, 2007; Silver medal, 2009; Double gold medal, 2011.[7]
  • 18-year: Double gold medal, 2011.[8]
  • A'bunadh: Silver medals, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011.[9]


Although its labels read 1879, the Aberlour distillery was first founded in 1826 [10] by James Gordon and Peter Weir. 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.[11] In 1975 Pernod Ricard acquired Campbell Distilleries. In 2002, a new, modernized visitor centre was opened.[12]



  1. ^ Aberlour on whisky.com
  2. ^ Aberlour on whisky.com
  3. ^ a b "Classic Malts Selection: Ask the Expert". www.malts.com. Classic Malts Selection. 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ Aberlour 10yr Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky at Proof66.com
  5. ^ Aberlour 12yr Double Cask Matured Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky at Proof66.com
  6. ^ Aberlour 15yr Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky at Proof66.com
  7. ^ Aberlour 16yr Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky at Proof66.com
  8. ^ Aberlour 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch at Proof66.com
  9. ^ Aberlour A'bunadh Non Chill-Filtered Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky, Batch No. 21 at Proof66.com
  10. ^ Lerner, Daniel. Single Malt and Scotch Whisky, Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, New York, 1997, p. 57. ISBN 1-884822-76-2
  11. ^ Helen Arthur (2002) [1997]. The single malt companion (in Dutch). Translated by Lisbeth Machielsen. Libero. p. 179. ISBN 90-5764-236-0. 
  12. ^ Aberlour at Master of Malt web site


  • Bernhardt, Ralf; Würsching, Hans Georg (2003). The Aberlour Single Malt Whisky Collector’s Guide. Einhausen, Germany: Cluaran. ISBN 3980934403. 

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