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Aberlour Distillery

Overview

Aberlour Distillery is located in the Speyside Whisky region and sits close to the A95 at the west end of the small town of Aberlour. The Distillery sits in a wooded hollow near the tributary where the River Lour joins the River Spey.

The name Aberlour is derived from Gaelic. "Aber" is a Gaelic word which means the mouth of a river, or the meeting place of rivers (in this case the meeting of the River Lour and River Spey).

Aberlour is one of the more attractive and traditional looking distilleries on Speyside, but once you step inside the production areas you may be surprised at how modern the equipment is relative to the old fashioned 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.

Alternatively, telephone or email:
tel: +44(0)1340 881 249
email: aberlour.admin@chivas.com

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. Please note that the details of the "Casks from the Past" tastings are based on 2019 information and new prices and times are expected for 2020.

Address:

Aberlour Distillery, Aberlour, Banffshire AB38 9PJ Tel: 01340 881 249

Operated by:

Chivas Bros.

Opening Hours:

6 Jan 2020 - 22 Dec 2020: Mon - Sun, 09:30 - 17:00 Aberlour "Experience" Tours (cost £20): 10am and 2pm (and sometimes at 12:00 in peak season). More elaborate tasting sessions are also offered but the details of these for the 2020 season are not yet released.

Admission:

£20 for the 1.5 - 2 hour long "Aberlour Experience” tour with special tasting session.

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

No

Accessibility:

Not suitable for wheelchairs

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

No, but facilities are available nearby in Aberlour town at the Old Pantry Teashop and the Mash Tun pub.

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