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Aberlour Distillery

Overview

The Shop Re-opens from 28th April 2021    
Tastings Re-commence from 19th May 2021     
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm  -  
No tours during Covid19, but they do offer pre-booked Tasting Sessions at 10:30am and 2:30 pm 

PLEASE NOTE: The description of the Distillery Tour that follows is based on the tours that were offered prior to Covid19. Tours of production areas have been canceled as a precaution during Covid19.

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 that 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 directly 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

 

Address:

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

Operated by:

Chivas Bros.

Opening Hours:

The Shop Re-opens from 28th April 2021 - Tastings Re-commence from 19th May 2021 - Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm - No tours during Covid19, but they do offer pre-booked Tasting Sessions at10:30am and 2:30 pm

Admission:

£20 for the 1 hour long "Fleming Flight Tasting” session with 6 expressions of the Aberlour Malt. - £40 for the 1 hour long "Speyside Collection Tasting" which features some very rare Malts from Aberlour and other Speyside distilleries in the Chivas Group.

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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