Aberlour      Mouth of the Chattering Burn


Situated at the junction of the Rivers Lour and Spey, the distillery lies in a beautiful glen, surrounded by glorious scenery dominated by the rugged peaks of Ben Rinnes a short distance away.

Pure soft spring water for making the whisky is drawn from the River Lour, and the maturing spirit in the warehouse beneficially inhales the moist Speyside air. St. Drostan‘s Well was named after the missionary Drostan, who baptised the heathen with the water which is now the source of the „liveblood of Aberlour whisky.“

Fire ruined the distillery which was founded in 1826 by James Gordon and Peter Weir near the River Spey. In 1879 it was reconstructed by an Aberlour banker James Fleming who bought land at Aberlour with the water source of Saint Drostan‘s Well. Today the distillery is famous of its „double casking“. The spirit matures in different casks and is then vatted or blended. The Aberlour 10 year old is made of 80% malt from Bourbon barrels and of 20% malt from Sherry butts. About half of the production goes into Single Malts.

Character: full bodied, some sweetness, fruity and well balanced

Operations Manager: Rikki Scott (2016)

People say that Aberlour Distillery offers the best distillery tours in the Speyside. Two tours are offered: Warehouse No.1 Tour and Founder‘s Tour. The latter is for the malt enthusiast with a duration of three hours (Wednesdays and Thursdays only, 2011).

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Owner: Groupe Pernod Ricard