Aberlour Distillery was founded by James Fleming a local farmer in 1879. He was a well known figure in the community and gave some of his profits to build the town hall and cottage hospital.
The distillery is situated close to the magnificent River Spey, one of Scotland’s key salmon rivers. Every year a bottle of Aberlour 12 year old whisky is poured into the river to celebrate the start of the salmon fishing season and wish good health to the fish. There is a voluntary catch and release scheme operating on the Spey which most anglers take part in.
Styles of whiskies have changed over the years and many distilleries develop expressions that reflect these older styles. Abbunadh, which means ‘the original’ in Gaelic pays homage to whisky that would have been produced in Fleming’s times. It is released in batches and is non chill filtered. It is a No Age Statement (NAS) single malt and will contain young and old Aberlour malts. Aberlour Abbunadh is also bottled at cask strength.
Aberlour Distillery Tours and Tastings
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic Aberlour Distillery offered a tour and in depth tastings. The Aberlour Experience was a comprehensive tour of the distillery, followed by a tutored tasting of six expressions in the very impressive tasting room over a duration 1.5 hours.
The Art Of Double Cask Maturation was an expertly led experience where guests would learn more about Aberlour single malts, taste samples and then create a version of Aberlour single malt.
Currently the distillery is offering tastings. This includes the Fleming Flight which is an hour long tasting of 6 Aberlour Expressions in the beautiful tasting room. The Speyside Collection Tasting is likely to include single cask, cask strength tastings from Aberlour and its sister distilleries. This tasting is also an hour long.