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.

Distillery Bottlings

Posted 11 June 2018

So, here it is, the batch of A'Bunadh that changed everything. One minute, this bottling was £50 - overnight it shot up to £80. Let's at least hope it's a good one.


Posted 11 June 2018

Aberlour A'bunadh was first released in 1997. This batch was released in 2016 and bottled at 60.5%


Posted 11 June 2018

Batch 53 of A'Bunadh was released in 2016, and like all Abunadh's has been aged in 100% oloroso sherry casks. The bottling is an NAS that's composed of a marriage of whiskies from 5, up to 25 years of age.


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.


Independent Bottlings

Cadenhead's


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.


SMWS


Posted 08 November 2018

Aberlour with a cult TV reference and without the sherry - just a 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel for this 10 year old. Sweet, fruity & mellow profile.


Whisky Broker


Posted 03 September 2018

As the price of whisky has steadily increased, so has the popularity of independent bottlers – in some quarters they represent a near last bastion of reasonably priced liquid to many enthusiasts. This is especially true when it comes to older expressions. Well-aged distillery OBs are now being pitched for hundreds of pounds, whereas their IB equivalents (as equivalent as one can get) can still be found for fractions of these prices. Whiskybroker is one such independent that has seen its cachet skyrocket over the last couple of years. Starting life as a small (they still are relatively) outfit that was once a go to place for whisky clubs to source bottlings, the company now has a small army of Facebook fans and its very well-priced releases are eagerly snaffled up.


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