Aberlour

Aberlour was constructed in 1879 by James Fleming and sits alongside the banks of the River Spey in the town of Aberlour. Fleming is buried in the churchyard opposite the distillery. Famous for it's full-flavoured, sherry-led whiskies, Aberlour produced a wide variety of age-statement whiskies alongside the well known and well loved NAS  A'bunadh.


Posted 04 July 2017

Aberlour A'bunadh was first released in 1997. Ten years later and we're not far off seeing batch number 60 roll out. Such is the perennial popularity of this whisky. As a ‘batch’ produced bottling each release varies, being a marriage of whiskies aged between five and twenty five years of age and clocking in an impressive 59-61% ABV. But, not everything changes – A’bunadh is always constructed from first fill oloroso sherry butts and is never coloured nor chill filtered. 


Posted 27 March 2018

Aberlour’s 10 year old entry-level bottling is matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. It’s a hugely popular whisky, currently available in over 50 countries worldwide – and it’s easy to see why with a price point of less than £30 here in the UK. The bottling is delivered with an ABV of 40%.


Posted 27 March 2018

This bottling of 10 year old Aberlour comes from around 1988 according to the Interwebs. It’s from a time when the distillery still described its whiskies as ‘Aberlour-Glenlivet’ a moniker used fairly extensively across Speyside, but now entirely dropped, save for The Glenlivet itself. The whisky is a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry cask maturation and is bottled at 40% ABV.


Posted 06 February 2018

There’s something slightly magical about hand filling your own bottle of whisky when visiting a distillery. Straight from the cask into a bottle with your signature on it – it’s not only a memento of what was hopefully a wonderful tour, it’s also a journey into a distillery’s style and character that you can revisit at a later date. Aberlour offers two hand fill expressions, one bourbon, one oloroso sherry. Located at the back of their tasting room, you’ll have the opportunity to try both hand fills as part of their highly generous ‘Aberlour Experience’ tasting session if you visit.


Posted 29 December 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, I thought I’d bring you one of the more exciting whiskies I sampled over the festive period in the form of a 27 year old Aberlour distilled way back in 1963. I’d had this bottle bottled stashed away for some time, awaiting the appropriate celebratory moment to crack it open and experience a little piece of distilling history. Whilst the extended family tucked into their annual Christmas Day diet of as much bargain bubbly as they could find, I located a quiet corner devoid from shredded wrapping paper, smoked salmon and charged prosecco glasses to spend some quality time with a whisky distilled whilst I was still but a gleam in the eye.


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