Find Scotland Tours that visit Aberlour Distillery
|Address:||Aberlour Distillery, Aberlour, Banffshire AB38 9PJ Tel: 01340 881 249|
|Operated by:||Chivas Bros.|
|Opening Hours:||7 Jan 2019 - 17 Feb 2019: Mon – Sun, 10:00 - 16:30 |
11 Mar 2019 - 8 Nov 2019: Mon - Sun, 09:30 - 17:00
9 Nov 2019 - 20 Dec 2019: Mon - Sun, 10:00 - 16:30
Aberlour "Experience" Tours (cost £15): 10am and 2pm (and sometimes at 12:00 in peak season).
"Casks of the Past" tasting sessions (cost £35): 10:30am Mon, Tues, Fri (other times possible by arrangement).
|Admission:||£15 for the 1.5 - 2 hour long "Aberlour Experience” tour with special tasting session.|
|Accessibility:||Not suitable for wheelchairs|
|Shop:||Yes, quite a small shop with a nice selection of goods.|
|Cafe/Restaurant:||No, but facilities are available nearby in Aberlour town at the Old Pantry Teashop and the Mash Tun pub.|
Aberlour Distillery is located on the A95 at the west end of the small town of Aberlour. Take care when turning into the distillery as the entrance is slightly concealed and following cars might not be expecting you to be making a turn. When approaching Aberlour from the direction of Grantown the distillery is at the bottom of a long descent in a “40mph” speed restricted area.
Aberlour Distillery sits in a wooded hollow beside the River Lour and it is one of the more attractive distilleries on Speyside. Once you step inside the production areas you may be surprised at how modern the equipment is relative to the traditional appearance of the buildings.
The tour starts with a brief (~15 min) history of whisky making in Scotland and some details about the founders of Aberlour distillery. You then start on a 30 - 45 minute walk around the production areas. During the walk round you get a chance to taste the "sweet worts", which is the beer like liquid that is distilled to produce the whisky spirit.
The last hour of the Aberlour tour is spent tasting 5 different "expressions" of the Aberlour Malt in the tasting room. You can also taste some of the pure spirit taken direct from the still, but this might overpower your taste buds for the delicacies to follow.
The attractive tasting room is situated in a corner of a warehouse with glass panels that allow you to view the maturing whisky barrels whilst sampling the finished product.
The "Experience" tour can last from 1.5 to 2 hours (45 mins for the tour and at least 1 hour for the tasting) and can take longer depending on who you get as your guide.
Spaces are limited to ~16 so book in advance via the website to avoid disappointment.
In addition to the "Experience" tour, the whisky connoisseur will enjoy the "Casks from the Past" tasting sessions. These tutored tastings last an hour and don't involve a distillery tour. Instead, you get an hour in which to sample some of the finest Aberlour whisky casks and you'll get to taste whisky that isn't available in any shop. These tasting sessions cost £35, but we think this is actually good value as you are sampling some whiskies that would command crazy prices if they were bottled. It is also a wonderful gift for a special occassion. Pre-booking essential: Mon, Tues, Fri at 10:30am. Maximum group size of 8 people (18yrs+). Other times might be possible by pre-arrangement.