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ABERFELDY                              15 years old 40 %          
Distilled 1974
Bottled 1989
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
ABERFELDY                              15 years old 43 %
ABERFELDY                              18 years old 56,7 %
Distilled August 1975
Bottled January 1994
code L 60.4
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
ABERFELDY                              17 years old 62.0%
Year of Distillation 1980
Bottled 1997
Limited Edition
Genummerde flessen
Aberfeldy Distillery, Aberfeldy,
ABERFELDY                              Aged 12 years 40 %         
Aberfeldy Distillery, Aberfeldy, Perthshire
ABERFELDY                              15 years old 43 %
Distilled 1988
Bottled 2003
Proprietors: John Dewar & Sons, Ltd.
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
ABERFELDY                             12 years old 40 %
Distilled & Bottled for
John Dewar & Sons Ltd
Aberfeldy Distillery, Aberfeldy, Perthshire
ABERFELDY                          Aged 21 years 40 %
Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
Limited Edition
Numbered Bottles
THE RED SQUIRREL (Sciurus Vulgaris)
Distilled & Bottled for
John Dewar & Sons Ltd
Aberfeldy Distillery, Aberfeldy, Perthshire
ABERFELDY                          1 9 9 0      43 %
20 years old
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillation date: June 1990
Cask type: Refill Sherry Casks
Bottling date: June 2010
Proprietors: John Dewar & Sons Ltd
Specially Selected, Produced and Bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

ABERFELDY                1 9 9 4    46 %
Matured for 17 years
Distilled: 07 / 06 / 94
Matured in a Hogshead
Cask no: 4027
Bottled: 02 / 03 / 12  239 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
Selected bt The Ultimate Whiskycompany.NL
Bottled in Scotland            
Est 1898
Guaranted 12 years in oak  40 %  
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Limited Bottling
Batch No: 2905
John Dewar and Sons Ltd,
Est 1848
Aberfeldy, Perthshire
Est  1898
16  years in oak
Mellowed for sixteen years
in handmade oak casks
Highland Single Malt
Scotch Whisky
Distilled & Bottled in Scotland
by John Dewar & Sons Ltd (1824)

Highland Malt
The Midlands

Aberfeldy werd gesticht in 1896 door John Dewar & Sons Ltd, whiskyblenders te Perth.
Dewar huurde land van de Marquis of Breasalbane dat was gelegen op de zuidelijke oever van de rivier Tay.
Er liep een spoorlijn door het land en de Pitilie Burn zorgde voor goed en voldoende water.
Er was eerder al een Aberfeldy op deze plaats, maar deze was een kort leven gegund, evenals een distilleerderij met de naam Pitilie, gesticht in 1825.
Aberfeldy ging in 1898 in produktie met een produktie van 20 Butts per week.
Aberfeldy was altijd in produktie, behalve de periodes tijdens de beide wereldoorlogen.
Auchnagie (1812 - 1912) ook Tulliemet geheten, was in 1890 gekocht door Dewar, maar de produktiekosten daar waren hoog, en Aughnagie werd in 1912 gesloten.
Dewar breidde heel snel oud: tot 1923 werden Royal Lochnagar, Muir of Ord, Old Pulteney, Parkmore (sinds 1931 gesloten) en Benrinnes.
In 1925 gingen Dewar, Walker en Buchanan samen met The Distillers Company Ltd. (D.C.L).
De malt whisky distilleerderijen gingen behoren tot de S.M.D, Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd, de maltdivisie van D.C.L.
De spoorweglijn werd in 1960 gesloten.
Het ketelhuis werd in 1972 - 1973 opnieuwe gebouwd, met gebruik van de stenen van het oude ketelhuis.
Aberfeldy heeft vier met stoom verhitte ketels met een mogelijke produktie van 1,3 miljoen liter spirit per jaar.
Met dë fusie tussen Guinness en Grand Metropolitan in 1997, komen onder andere het whis-merk Dewar en vier Schotse distilleerderijen, Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie en Royal B rackla in het bezit van Bacardi Martini.
In 2000 werd het bezoekerscentrum 'Dewar's World of Whisky' geopend, op de plek waar eerst de moutvloeren waren.
Naast Aberfeldy staat de originele Barclay's stoomlocomotief uit 1939, de Dailuaine No. 1 vroeger in gebruik om kolen en gerst naar de distilleerder!j te vervoeren, en vaten met whisky af te voeren.
Het water komt van de Pitilie Burn. Men gebruikt Schotse gerst .
De computergestuurde Mash tun is 6,8 ton, de washbacks zijn van Siberisch larikshout en hebben elk een inhoud van 34.000 liter
De twee Wash stills hebben een inhoud van elk 17.000 liter, de twee Spirit stills elk 14.000 liter.
Er worden zowel Amerikaanse als Spaanse eikenhouten gebruikt voor de lagering.

John Dewar & Sons Ltd., Scotch whisky blenders, of Perth, took a feu of 12 acres (5 hectares) from the Marquis of Breadalbane in 1896, for the purpose of building a distillery. The location was about a mile from Aberfeldy, just above the road to Perth and on the south bank of the Tay. The branch railway from Aberfeldy to the main line to Perth ran through the site, so it was easy to bring in a private siding. The Pitilie burn, which had supplied a distillery of that name until 1867, provided an abundant source of suitable water. This was the crucial advantage.

Aberfeldy Distillery, opened in 1898, was efficiently planned on spacious lines and solidly built from good materials. Its equipment included a steam engine and a water turbine for power, with electricity produced by a private generator. The duty-free warehouse was equipped with a hydraulic lift. Distillation began in 1898 with an output of about 20 butts per week.
The original John Dewar had been born, the son of crofter parents, about two miles from Aberfeldy. He had worked there as a joiner in partnership with an elder brother, but the asso-ciation did not prosper. A relative who owned a flourishing wine and spirit business in Perth offered him a job and eventually a partnership. In 1846 he set up in Perth on his own account as a wholesale wine and spirit merchant. His first traveller was appointed in 1860: the beginning of the decade when enterprising wine and spirit merchants began to bottle distinctive brands of blended whisky under their own labels as a guarantee of quality. By 1870 Dewar's were getting orders from Inverness in the North to Edinburgh in the South.
One of John Dewar's sons, John Alexander, became a partner in 1879, a year before the founder died. Another son, T.R. Dewar, was made a partner in 1885, when the firm was named John Dewar & Sons Ltd. Tommy Dewar opened the firm's first London office in 1887 and five years later embarked on a tour of the world, lasting two years, in the course of which he appointed 32 agents in 26 countries. His business philosophy was indicated by the genial message printed on a card that he took from his pocket in appropriate circumstances: "I have given up lending money for some time. But I don't mind having a drink. Make it Dewar's".
The growth of Dewar's sales, first in Scotland, then in England, and finally overseas, entailed a commensurate increase in their purchases of malt whiskies. In 1894 the firm built a new headquarters, adjoining the North British Railway's goods station, from which a private siding led into their premises. This siding, according to Dewar's records, "proved an immense boon in the despatch and receipt of goods". There was consequently a door-to-door railway link from Aberfeldy Distillery to Dewar's warehouses in Perth, without the expense of cartage at either end. Tullymet Distillery, near Ballinluig, which Dewar's had taken on lease nine years before they built Aberfeldy Distillery to their own specification, was closed in 1910, because the cost of making whisky there was so high.
The Government decided in June 1917 that all malt whisky distilleries should close in the interests of conserving barley for foodstuffs. They did not reopen until March 1919. The loss of two years' production resulted in a shortage of whisky stocks that lasted for many years. Between 1919 and 1923 Dewar's acquired sole interests in seven malt whisky distilleries.
Dewar's, together with John Walker & Sons Ltd. and James Buchanan & Co. Ltd., amalgamated with The Distillers Company Limited in 1925, as a means of ensuring adequate supplies of malt and grain whiskies to all the parties. The directors of the enlarged Distillers Company Limited included J.A. Dewar, now Lord Forteviot, and T. R. Dewar, now Lord Dewar. All malt whisky dis-tilleries owned by companies in the Group were transferred to the ownership of Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd., another subsidiary, in 1930.
The allocation of cereals for distilling purposes was severely restricted during the second world war. Aberfeldy, in common with most malt whisky distilleries, had to close down. After it restarted in March 1945, supplies of barley, coal and casks were again delivered by rail, and outgoing consignments of whisky wereloaded straight on to railway waggons, until the branch line to Aberfeldy was closed in the 1960's.
The withdrawal of statutory building controls allowed SMD, from 1960 onwards, to embark on a long-term programme of rebuilding and re-equipping many of its distilleries. Aberfeldy's two hand-fired stills were replaced in 1960 with exact copies of their predecessors, converted to a mechanical coal stoker system. The stillhouse and tunroom were rebuilt, with the re-use of the original stonework, in 1972-73. This extension to the old building houses four stills, internally heated by steam.
A plant for the production of dark grains, a high-protein animal feedingstuff, from the solid matter left over from the mashing and distillation processes, was also built in 1973 and accommodated in the former malt kiln.
The site covers 17 acres (7 hectares) on both sides of the River Tay. A biological treatment plant, adjacent to the distillery, treats all effluent before discharge to the river. The quality of this effluent is carefully monitored to meet the strict standards required by the Tay River Purification Board.
The distiller's licence is held by John Dewar & Sons Ltd., of Perth, proprietors of Dewar's, White Label, Dewar's de Luxe and Dewar's Pure Malt Scotch Whiskies.

THE RED SQUIRREL    (Sciurus Vulgaris)
If you ever visit the Aberfeldy distillery, look out for our colony of red squirrels that live along the Nature Trail.behind the distillery.
One of the best-loved inhabitants of Scotland's pine forests, the red is now threatened across much of its range. Accordingly, we have adopted the red squirrel as our distillery mascot and provide nesting boxes and other initiatives to help this beautiful little animal.
We are working with Perth & Kinross Squirrel Wildlife Group to promote awareness of the red squirrel and conservation work including habitat management for red squirrels. This includes population counts and an assessment of the impact of the grey squirrel on local population

The Worts from one Wash Back are split between the two Wash Stills, the Stills are then
staggered to provide balanced production. When the Wash is visible through the Watch Glass, the Stills are turned off for approximately 15 minutes before the liquid is brough tin via a condenser.The new make has a grassy character.

In 2005 an Evaporator Plant was installed to transform the Pot Ale into Syrup for anima l
Feed. From Oban Distillery 120.000 litres of Pot Ale per week is also brought in to Aberfeldy.

Owner: Bacardi
Water Source: Pitilie Burn - River Tay
Malting Capacity: No malting on site
Malt Source:  Simpsons
Malt Storage Capacity: 116 t = 4 bins - 1 load per bin
Mill Type: Porteous 4, roll mill = 7,5 tonnes of grist
Grist Storage: 1 = 7,5 tonne
Mash Tun Construction: Stainless full lauter
Number of Wash Backs: 8 Siberian Larch, 2 Stainless Steel
Wash Back Capacity: 33.500 litres
Yeast:Liquid l / Kerry Bio - Science
No. of Wash Stills:  2
Wash Still Charge: 16.600 litres
Heat Source:Steam Coil and heaters
Wash Still Shape: Onion
No. of Spirit Stills: 2
Spirit Still Charge:15.000 litres
Heat Source: Steam Coil and heaters
Spirit Still Shape: Onion
Cask Storage Capacity:
Current (2010) Annual Distillery Output:
 2.4 million litres
Output: 3.500.000 litres

2 wash stills 17.000 litres
2 spirit stills 14.000 litres

Our handsome distillery is sited on the river Tay in the Central Highlands of
Scotland, a stone's throw from the birthplace of our founder, and Pioneer of Blending John Dewar.

With land acquired from the Marquis of Breadalbane and architecture desig
ned by Charles Doig, the distillery rose up to begin production in 1898.

In John's Bonnie Hometown of Aberfeldy, his family found men who knew the
secrets of superb whisky. Today, we still use time - honoured techniques like long fermentationto conjure rare honeyed notes, and draw water from the Pitilie Burn, renowed for its quality and promise of gold

The pool of The Water God

The Pitilie Burn

The burn is the source of The Distillery's water, pure and fresh the Burn is known
to contain deposits of alluvial gold

We lose our fair share to the angels, almost a third of every cask has disappeared
into the ether before we'r ready to bottle.

Mellowed for 12 years in handmade oak casks. This smooth, sweet dram offers
rich rewards for those who like to dig deeper.


Scottish alchemy: turning water, barley and yeast into liquid gold is simpler when the stream tumbling towards you contains that precious metal.

Built on land famous for deposits of gold, our distillery has welcomed travellers to
taste its treasure since 1898.

Scottish alchemy:turning water, barley and yeast into
liquid gold is simpler when the stream tumbling towards you contains that precious metal. Built on land famous for deposits of gold, our distillery has welcomed travel-
lers to taste its treasure since 1898.

Just outside the town of Aberfeldy, General Wade's
Bridge stands as a monument to a man so feted in his day that a special verse of the National Anthem was written in his honeur.

Between 1725 and 1737 Wade ensured that English
troops could move easily around the rebellious Highlands by building roads and bridges of which the Tay Bridge at Aberfeldy is the most magnificent by far.
He also raised a local militia that became the
Black Watch Regiment and tried to win over Clan Chiefs whose loyalty lay by the King.

On the other side of Aberfeldy, the handsome distillery built in 1898 by Alexander and Tommy Dewar, collects water as it timbles down the Pitillie Burn on its way to the Tay. This water, which contains traces of gold
is there transformed into the mellow. honeyed golden
dram that bears the town's name. There could be no more fitting monument to their father and our founder, John Dewar.

A thick, almost waxy texture (though not as overt as in DCL days) adds some weight to the mid-palate, allowing long-term maturation. The bulk of the new make is aged in ex-Bourbon casks, but the occasional Sherried release shows that this is a malt which has guts.

John Dewar & Sons was typical of many of the blending firms which were founded in the 19th century. Dewar himself, though born in humble surroundings in a croft at Shenvail, became a wine merchant in Perth and by the middle of the century had started to blend whisky. It was however his sons, John Jr. and Thomas (always known as Tommy), who made the family firm a globally recognised name.

In the 1890s, they decided to go into whisky production and built a distillery at Aberfeldy, only two miles from where their father had been born. The site had originally been a brewery and some distillation had taken place in the early part of the century. Fed by the Pitilie Burn [where gold is still panned] Aberfeldy became the malt at the heart of the firm’s blends. A private railway line linked the plant with the firm’s operational hub in Perth.

Dewar’s joined DCL in 1925 and in 1973 the Aberfeldy site doubled in capacity to its present size. It changed ownership in 1998, when the UK Monopolies Board forced the newly formed Diageo to offload one of its brands and attendant capacity. The Dewar’s estate [the blends, plus Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie and Royal Brackla] were bought for £1.1bn by Bacardi-Martini.

The new owners invested heavily in a highly impressive educational facility - Dewar’s World of Whisky - which tells the story of the house of Dewar - and blending.

In more recent times, Aberfeldy has been sold in small quantities as single malt and in 2014 was repackaged. A new, permanent, five-strong range is to be created.  

John Dewar & Sons begin construction of the Aberfeldy Distillery just yards from the Pitilie Burn, which has remained the source of its water.
The distillery is forced to close for two years to conserve stocks of barley for food rations at the end of World War One.
The Dewar’s company merged with John Walker & Son and Buchanan’s to form the Distillers’ Company Ltd (DCL).
Aberfeldy is rebuilt to double its production capacity with two new stills.
The distillery was purchased from Diageo by Bacardi
Aberfeldy became a single malt whisky brand in its own right with the launch of Aberfeldy 12 Year Old. Up until this point, all liquid was reserved for the Dewar’s blend.
Dewar’s was given an official home at the distillery with the opening of the Dewar’s World of Whisky visitor’s centre.
John Dewar’s & Sons unveils a new packaging design for Aberfeldy single malt.

Shell and tube
Steam supplied from HFO boiler
Plain malt, zero phenols
2 wash, 2 spirit
8 wooden, 2 steel
Pitilie Burn
Liquid - MS1

1998 - present

John Dewar & Sons

United Distillers
1992 - 1998
Distillers Company Limited
1925 - 1992
James Buchanan & Company
1915 - 1925
John Dewar & Sons
1896 - 1915


Witty, charming, a born salesman and a natural extrovert – Tommy Dewar was the polar opposite of his more serious-minded brother, John. But this most colourful of Scotch whisky characters helped build John Dewar & Sons into the global success it remains to this day.

          ‘​A teetotaller is one who suffers from thirst, instead of enjoying it.’

In a buccaneering era for blended Scotch whisky, when colourful characters were not thin on the ground, Thomas Robert Dewar, better known as ‘Tommy’, was one of the most vivid.

Born in Perth in 1864, he was the son of John Dewar, from a crofting family in the hamlet of Dull, near Aberfeldy. John had left home to work in his uncle’s wine and spirits business in the city of Perth, ultimately becoming a partner in 1837.

He set up his own business on Perth High Street in 1846, going on to blend and bottle whiskies. His elder son John became a partner in 1879, a year before his father’s death, while younger sibling Tommy joined the family company – renamed John Dewar & Sons Ltd – around 1881, also becoming a partner.

The two brothers could hardly have been more different in character, with the serious and understated John preferring to steer clear of the limelight and oversee operations from Perthshire, while Tommy was a flamboyant charmer and born salesman, with a ready wit and endless style.

At the age of 21 he was dispatched to London to try to develop business there, arriving with the names of two contacts who were to introduce him to key figures in the capital. Dewar was undeterred when one turned out to be bankrupt and the other recently deceased.

Thanks principally to his personal charm, wit and social skills, Dewar’s blended Scotch was soon on sale in all of London’s most fashionable restaurants and hotels. From around 1893 it was available at the Savoy Hotel, and Tommy Dewar has the record as the guest who stayed the longest – having a serviced apartment there from 1904 until his death in 1930.

Dewar was the toast of metropolitan society, with his much-quoted fund of humorous maxims becoming known as ‘Dewarisms’. These included lines like: ‘A philosopher is a man who can look at an empty glass with a smile’, or: ‘We have a great regard for old age when it is bottled’, and: ‘Of two evils, choose the more interesting.’

Tommy Dewar

International success: Tommy Dewar visited Egypt in 1899 (Photo: Dewar's Archive)

In 1893 John Dewar & Sons Ltd received Queen Victoria’s Royal Warrant for the supply of whisky, and Tommy numbered the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII, among his friends, along with Thomas Lipton, who did for tea what Dewar did for blended Scotch. The two travelled and sailed yachts together, being dubbed by the press ‘Tea Tom’ and ‘Whisky Tom’. Tommy Dewar owned only the third motor car – a Benz – to be registered in Britain, after those belonging to the Prince of Wales and ‘Tea Tom’.

          ​​‘​Keep advertising and advertising will keep you.’

Dewar was a master of publicity, and, at the Brewers’ Show in Birmingham during the 1890s, the Dewar’s stand – the only one representing a whisky company – was allocated a remote corner of the hall, so Dewar employed a bagpiper in full Highland dress to play loudly and draw attention to the stand. The fuss made by this shameless stunt duly found its way into the newspapers, giving the whisky brand invaluable exposure.

He exploited the great opportunities offered by print advertisements and also had an eye-catching illuminated sign installed on the old Shot Tower near Waterloo Bridge in London. Using 1,400 coloured light bulbs, six miles of electric cable and a programmed circuit, the ‘advert’ featured a Highlander who poured and drank glass after glass of Dewar’s whisky, while his kilt appeared to sway in the breeze. The advert was 68ft high and was said to be the largest mechanical sign in Europe.

Most innovative of all, however, was what is claimed to be the first motion picture advert, also featuring Highlanders, which was screened on a New York rooftop around 1898 to much astonishment.

With business thriving, the Dewar brothers decided to build their own distillery to guarantee supplies of malt spirit, having initially acquired the small Tullymet distillery near Ballinluig in Perthshire. They operated this until 1910, but in the meantime constructed Aberfeldy distillery between 1896 and 1898, just a few miles from their father’s birthplace. Royal Lochnagar, Glen Ord, Pulteney, Aultmore, Parkmore and Benrinnes distilleries were all added to the company’s portfolio during the next couple of decades. Dewar’s also had shares in Yoker distillery near Glasgow and, along with W P Lowrie, purchased Port Ellen on Islay.

          ‘​We should not say how's business, but where is business.’

By 1891, agents for Dewar’s were in place as far afield as South Africa and Australia, and the following year Tommy Dewar embarked upon an epic two-year world tour, visiting every continent in the world. By the time he returned home he had appointed 32 agents across 26 countries and opened a New York office. Dewar’s White Label was soon the leading blended Scotch whisky in the USA, a position it still holds to this day.

Tommy Dewar’s travel journals were fashioned into an entertaining book, entitled A Ramble Round the Globe, published in 1894 and, three years later, he was appointed the youngest ever Sheriff of London. Politically, he was a confirmed Tory and was elected as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of St George’s in the East End in 1900, serving for six years before losing his seat to a Liberal.

Tommy Dewar Sheriff of London

Shot of the Sheriff: In 1897, Tommy Dewar became the youngest ever Sheriff of London (Photo: Dewar's Archive)

Knighted in 1902, after the accession of King Edward VII to the throne, he was created a baronet in 1917 and elevated to the peerage as Baron Dewar of Homestall in Sussex two years later. Brother John, whose vitally important role in the success of the family firm should never be underestimated, had become the first ‘Whisky Baron’ in 1917, assuming the title of Baron Forteviot of Dupplin.

The family firm had merged with that of James Buchanan in 1915, though each kept its separate identity. What was titled Buchanan-Dewar Ltd was ultimately absorbed by the Distillers Company Ltd (DCL) in 1925, with John and Tommy taking seats on the DCL board.

Like his fellow blended whisky entrepreneur and rival James Buchanan, Tommy Dewar embraced the life of an English country gentleman, owning and breeding racehorses, as well as greyhounds, poultry, waterfowl and pigeons. During the First World War he lent his pigeons to the armed forces, and they were used to carry messages on various battle fronts.

In racing circles his best horses were Challenger and Cameronian. Both were home-bred by Dewar, with Cameronian winning the 1931 2,000 Guineas Stakes and Epsom Derby, while Challenger became the leading sire in the US after being sold to a new owner following Dewar’s death. This occurred in April 1930, when he was aged 66, only five months after his brother John’s death. Tommy Dewar was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium and, as he had never married, the baronetcy became extinct with his passing.

One apocryphal story nicely sums up the character of Tommy Dewar. The Scottish singer and comedian Sir Harry Lauder was a friend and frequent visitor to Dewar’s Homestall Manor estate. Lauder was known to be careful with his money, and liked to get something for nothing. He asked Dewar if he could have some of the pigeons he had bred to take home with him to Scotland. Dewar obliged, and the birds were duly caged and sent north with Lauder by rail.

What Tommy Dewar had neglected to tell Lauder, however, was that he had given him homing pigeons.
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