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ABERLOUR            
10 years old
40 %     
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Glenlivet Pure Highland Malt
Aberlour Glenlivet Distillery Co, Ltd,
Aberlour.

ABERLOUR         
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ORIGINAL STRENGHT MALT
100 PROOF,  
57,1 %
Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky
Straight From The Cask
Aberlour Glenlivet Distillery Co, Ltd,
Aberlour

ABERLOUR         
15 years old
40 %     
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LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY
SHERRY WOOD FINISH
Matured in Sherry and Bourbon casks
Finished in Sherry Wood
Aberlour Distillery, Scotland

ABERLOUR        
15 years old
43 %     
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CUVEE MARIE D'ECOSSE
Finest Malt from selected
Bourbon and Sherry Wood casks
Aberlour Glenlivet Distillery Co, Ltd,
Aberlour

ABERLOUR        
21 years old
43 %         
THE ULTIMATE
SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION

Distilled 27.9.74
Cask no. 11029
Bottled 4.96
Genummerde flessen
260 bottles
Van Wees, Holland

ABERLOUR        
9 years old
58,2%      
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Date Distilled Oct 85
Date Bottled Feb 95
Society Cask No. code 54.2
300 bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
                
ABERLOUR         
22 years old
43 %     
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VINTAGE 1976
Season of Distillation Autumn 1976
Cask: Five first fill
American oak casks (ex - Bourbon)
Stored at the distillery throughout
Outturn: 3.000 bottles
Strenght off The Still 63,4 %
Strenght in Cask: 52,4 %
Genummerde flessen
Limited Edition
Aberlour Glenlivet Distillery Co, Ltd, Aberlour

ABERLOUR        
A' BUNADH       
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THE ORIGINAL & NATURAL
SINGLE MALT WHISKY
Non Chill - Filtered
Single Speyside Malt
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bottled straight from the cask at     *
From Batch No   *
Aberlour Glenlivet Distillery Co, Ltd,
Aberlour

ABERLOUR   
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43 %        
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ANTIQUE SCOTCH WHISKY
VERY FINE AGED

Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky
Aberlour Glenlivet Distillery Co, Ltd,
Aberlour

ABERLOUR         
12 years old
43 %        
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DOUBLE CASK MATURED
Pure Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
Aberlour Glenlivet Distillery Co, Ltd, Aberlour

ABERLOUR         
12 years old
40 %        
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SHERRY CASK MATURED
100 % matured in Oloroso sherry casks
Aberlour Glenlivet Distillery Co, Ltd, Aberlour
Colour: Amber gold with hints of ruby.

ABERLOUR         
VINTAGE 1990
40 %      
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A limited edition single malt
from our best casks
laid down in 1990
Aberlour Glenlivet Distillery Co, Ltd,
Aberlour, Speyside

ABERLOUR   
15 years old
40%         
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DOUBLE CASK MATURED
Bourbon Cask / Sherry Cask
Aberlour Glenlivet Distillery Co, Ltd,
Aberlour, Speyside

ABERLOUR
INFO:
Cask filled    2 0 0 1
43 %                                                                             
QUERCUS  ALBA
Matured in                                                                            
WHITE  OAK Casks
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled 2012
D. Cruickshank, Master Distiller
Aberlour Distillery Company Ltd, Aberlour
Exclusive Distributor in France: Pernod,
120 Avenue du Marechal Foch, Creteil, Cedex

ABERLOUR                                                                           
A' BUNADH
LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY  
BATCH  No 4 6                                                
THE  ORIGINAL
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry Butts
Bottled Straight from The Cask at  60.4 %
Original Cask Strenght
Non Chill - Filtered
Aberlour Distillery Company Ltd, Aberlour

ABERLOUR
INFO
Estd. 1879
16  years 40 %                           
Highland Single Malt
Scotch Whisky
DOUBLE  CASK  MATURED
Distilled & Bottled in Scotland
Aberlour Distillery Company Ltd
Aberlour, Speyside.

ABERLOUR
INFO
Age 12 years  
60.1 %                              
SCOTCH  SINGLE  MALT  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Date Distilled:  2nd October 2002
Cask Type: Refill Barrel / ex Bourbon
Outturn: One of Only 163 Bottles
Society Single Cask; Code:  5 4 . 3 3
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
Juicy, oak & Vanilla
"Holidays and honeymoons"


Aberlour, Banffshire. Eigendom van House of Campbell. Eigendom van Pernod Ricard S.A.

Het stadje Aberlour is gesticht in 1812 door landeigenaarCharles Grant wiens volledige naam Charlestown of Aberlour was.

De distilleerderij Aberlour werd gesticht in 1826 door James Gordon en Peter Weir. Aberlour betekent zoveel als monding van de rumoerige stroom.

In 1879 werd Aberlour grotendeels door brand verwoest en door James Fleming, een bankier uit Aberlour weer herbouwd.
In 1892 werd de distilleerderij weer door een brand verwoest en na te zijn herbouwd, werd R. Thome & Sons Limited de eigenaar.
W.H. Holt & Sons uit Manchester en producent van de in die tijd heel bekende Holt's Mountain Cream whisky, de eigenaar in 1920.
S. Campbell & Sons Ltd, whiskyblenders te Ayrshire sinds1879 kochten Aberlour in 1945 en de distilleerderij werd toen aanzienlijk uitgebreid.
In 1982 nam House of Campbell, William Whiteley, whiskyblenders sinds 1922 te Leith, en eigenaar sinds 1933 van Edradour,  Aberlour over.
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In 1973 werd de distilleerderij geheel opnieuw gebouwd, op de lagerpakhuizen na. De kapaciteit werd verdubbeld tot vier ketels met een produktie van 2,5 miljoen liter spirit per jaar.
De ketels worden met stoom verhit. Het proceswater komt van de Saint Drostan Well, het koelwater van de Burn of Aberlour. Hier zou de missionaris Saint Drostan, ook wel bekend met de naam James of the Hills, lateraartsbisschop van Canterbury, zijn bekeerlingen hebben gedoopt met water uit deze bron.

De gebruikte gerst komt van de Black Isles en de Moray Hills.

Veel distilleerderijen, vooral in wat afgelegen gebieden, hebben medewerkers heel lang in dienst. Met vaak een baan voor het leven. Bij Aberlour was Ian Mitchell 47 jaar in dienst van de distilleerderij. Hij was zijn overgrootvader en vader opgevolgd in 1945.

Kenny Fraser
, nu de manager van Aberlour is beroemd vanwege het feit dat hij zijn oefenuren als doedelzakspeler pleegt te doen in de nachtelijke uren, wandelend door de lagerpakhuizen. Het zou de whisky ook goed doen!

Aberlour heeft één Mash tun van 12 ton.
Aberlour heeft zes Wash backs van elk 70.000 liter, twee Wash stills van elk 21310 liter en twee Spirit stills waarvan één van 20.000 liter en één van 15.456 liter, allen met stoom verhit.

Juli 2002 koopt Andrew W. Symington van Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, te Edinburgh, Edradour voor £ 5,4 miljoen.

2 Wash stills 21.310 litres
2 spirit stills 20.000 litres
Output: 3.700.000 litres

A' Bunadh means "of the origin" in Gaelic. It is a respectful toast to Aberlour's founder James Fleming and to this day is produced in the tradition of 19th century malts.
Matured exclusively in sherry butts, Aberlour's  A' bunadh is bottled at cask strength and without the use of modern chill - filtering methods ensuring a dark luxurious and rich whisky

This Sixteen Year Old Aberlour has been matured in two cask types, Traditional oak and Sherry oak casks. Especially selected every year, they are filled with whisky and quietly aged for a minimum of sixteen years
then the casks are married together.

The mix of rare and expensive  Sherry buts and Traditional oak casks ensures the perfect balance of flavours. The double maturation adds depth of character to this Single Malt giving it the distinctive sweet floral
and spicy flavours of Aberlour.

The range is large, with many different variations on ex-Sherry and ex-Bourbon cask matured whiskies – some mixed, some 100%, others finished. Its greatest cult following is for the small batch, 100% Sherry-matured, cask-strength variantA’Bunadh which has run since 2000. Aberlour was also one of the first distilleries to offer a ‘bottle your own’ whisky to visitors.

The first distillery in the village of Aberlour was established in 1825 and ran until 1833, when the colessees James and John Grant left to build their own distillery, Glen Grant, in Rothes. The current distillery was the brainchild of James Fleming who built it in 1879 using water from St. Drostan’s Well, named after an early Columban monk, which is situated on the site.

Like many Victorian distilleries, it burnt down and, in 1898, had to be rebuilt. During World War II when the distillery was on short term working, locals used to smuggle wash up the Aberlour burn and distilillit under the Linn Falls.

The distillery became part of Campbell Distillers in 1945, passing into the Pernod Ricard stable in 1974, the year after it had been expanded from two to four stills and wholly modernised internally. Its ownership has long given it a strong following in France. It is now part of Pernod’s whisky division, Chivas Brothers.

1826
James Gordon and Peter Weir establish the first Aberlourdistillery, only for Weir to withdraw from the project just one year later.
1879
Fire breaks out at the distillery, destroying the majority of the site. Fleming decides to rebuild Aberlour further up the Spey River.
1892
Aberlour is sold to Robert Thorne & Sons, but the distillery suffers another serious fire just six years later and has to be rebuilt once again.
1921
The distillery is sold once more to brewery W.H. Holt & Sons, and remains under its stewardship for 24 years. In 1945 Aberlour is acquired by S.Campbell & Sons.
1973
Capacity at Aberlour is increased from two stills to four to cope with demand for the Dewar’s label.
1974
French drinks group Pernod Ricard acquires Aberlour along with Campbell Distilleries.
2000
Pernod Ricard launches Aberlour A’Bunadh, a cask-strength single malt matured solely in Sherry casks.
2001
Pernod Ricard acquires Chivas Brothers and merges its portfolio with that of Campbell Distilleries. Twelve months later, Aberlour unveils its new, modern visitors’ centre.

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
3.9
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
48hrs
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
12
HEAT SOURCE i
Internal steam pans
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Unpeated
MALT SUPPLIER i
Barley varieties varied, Optic, Oxbridge, Braemar, Propino and Concerto
MASH TUN MATERIAL i
Stainless Steel
MASH TUN TYPE i
Semi Lauter
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
67-70%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
14,500
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Traditional coal fired pot onto an Ogee and head
STILLS i
2 pairs
WAREHOUSING i
Racked storage
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
12,300
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Traditional coal fired pot onto an Ogee and head
WASHBACK TYPE i
Stainless steel
WASHBACKS i
6
WATER SOURCE i
Birkenbush, Target spring
WORT CLARITY i
Moderately clear
YEAST TYPE i
Mauri Cream

OWNERS

Pernod Ricard
1974 - present

CURRENT OWNER

Chivas Brothers Holdings
2001 - present

PREVIOUS OWNERS

Campbell Distillers
1945 - 1974
WH Holt & Sons
1921 - 1945
R Thorne and Sons
1892 - 1921
James Fleming

R THORNE AND SONS
R Thorne & Sons operated from Greenock, near Glasgow, distilling there and at Aberlour on Speyside, as well as creating and selling its own blended brands under theThorne’s name. Ultimately, the company became part ofHiram Walker & Sons (Scotland) plc.

The firm of R Thorne & Sons was established in 1831 byRobert Thorne, and was described in Harper’s Directory 1914 as ‘Whisky Distillers Blenders and Warehouse-keepers.’ Addresses in Greenock, where the company had its main premises and registered offices, were listed, along with one inLondon and another in Dublin.

The company was incorporated in 1892, and in the same year acquired what was then known as the Aberlour-Glenlivet distillery on Speyside. Four years later, Greenock distillerywas purchased, and a three-storey Italian Renaissance-style office block was constructed in Greenock, along with a multistorey warehouse block which still stands today. It was capable of holding 33,000 gallons (150,000 litres) of whisky in vast vats, and boasted an expansive bottling hall.

Greenock distillery closed in 1915, and five years later R Thorne & Sons Ltd entered voluntary liquidation, withAberlour distillery being sold to W. H Holt & Sons. However, the company name continued to be used in relation to blended Scotch by Hiram Walker, and numerous bottles of 10 and 12-year-old Thorne’s RTS, some dating from the 1960s and1970s, are extant.

Exports to the US continued until around 1980. Hiram Walker also bottled miniatures of blended Scotch exclusively for Trans International Airlines, using the name Rob. Thorne & Sons (Whisky Merchants) Ltd, Greenock & Glasgow.

DISTILLERIES & BRANDS
Thorne's

ASSOCIATED COMPANIES
Harvey MacNair & Co
Hill, Thomson & Co
Lawson & Smith
Seagram Distillers
Taylor & Ferguson

ABERLOUR UNVEILS SHERRY-MATURED CASG ANNAMH
July 2018
The latest single malt expression from Speyside distilleryAberlour – Aberlour Casg Annamh – aims to give whisky lovers ‘the ideal introduction to Sherry cask-matured whiskies’.

Sherry baby: Aberlour is already well-known for its SherriedA’Bunadh expression
Aberlour Casg Annamh – meaning ‘rare cask’ in ScotsGaelic – is a no age statement (NAS) single malt created in small batches from whisky matured in oloroso Sherry casks.
The casks, said the distillery, ‘perfectly complement’ the distillate of Aberlour, which is perhaps best-known for its cultA’Bunadh expression, a cask strength, 100% Sherry cask-matured single malt.
‘Casg Annamh is a tribute to our craftsmen’s passion for Sherry and their expertise when it comes to creating a rare and fine single malt,’ said Aberlour master distiller Graeme Cruickshank.
‘The end result is a distinctively rich and fruity finish which we’re confident will offer something new and exciting for those looking to explore the single malt category.’
Casg Annamh is said to offer ‘sweet and fruity flavours of apple and cinnamon crumble, and ripe peaches, balanced with spicy notes of liquorice and cloves’.
Bottled at 48% abv and featuring a wax capsule and the signature of Cruickshank on the label, Aberlour Casg Annamh will be available globally, priced at about US$70 per bottle.


WHITE HEATHER

A short-lived blend from the House of Campbell, with its heart in Aberlour

In the 1960s the White Heather blend was sometimes offered in a tartan gift box featuring a map of Scotland on which was drawn a big heart over Speyside. If the heather honey flavours of Speyside malts permeated the blend it was thanks to Aberlour, which White Heather’s owner, S. Campbell & Son, acquired in 1945.

Besides the standard non-age-statement bottle, White Heather was sold as a 5-year-old, 8-year-old and ‘deluxe’ 15-year-old until the brand was abandoned in the 1980s.

White Heather has its roots in the 1930s, when Samuel Rosenbloom established the whisky merchant firm of Forbes McGregor & Co. In 1934 Rosenbloom(who had changed his own surname to Campbell), acquired Glasgow blender Muir Mackenzie & Co and changed the company’s name to reflect his own – S. Campbell & Son Ltd.

In 1945 S. Campbell & Son acquired Aberlourdistillery from W.H. Holt & Sons, providing the company with a steady source of malt whisky for its burgeoning blends.

By the early 1950s a subsidiary called White Heather Distillers Ltd had been established to blend and bottle the White Heather blend. The subsidiary later becameCampbell (Distillery) Ltd., which also blended and bottled the Clan Campbell blend.

In 1974 the whole enterprise was taken over by Pernod Ricard, and a decade later the French firm ceased bottling White Heather to focus on Clan Campbell, which went on to become a hugely popular whisky in France.

S. Campbell & Son was eventually renamed Campbell Distillers under Pernod Ricard.

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Capacity is 3.800.000 Ltrs


Glenfarclas 105 versus Aberlour a’Bunadh. Do you have a favourite? Have you already decided on a winner? Did you actually taste the two back-to-back to arrive at your conclusion? Does any comparison of the two simply come down to brand loyalty, or is there something objective we can measure?

The current Aberlour distillery was built in 1879 after its previous incarnation at a different site (established in 1826) was destroyed by fire. It was acquired by its current owners, Pernod Ricard, in 1974, although today it sits within the subsidiary company of Chivas Brothers. When operating at full capacity, Aberlour is capable of producing 3.8M litres of pure alcohol per year.

Aberlour employs a reasonably fast fermentation of 50 hours, but then runs a slow distillation through its onion-shaped stills, resulting in a relatively fruity new make spirit. The stills are steam-heated.

The stills at Aberlour
The still room at Aberlour. There are four stills in total with two matched pairs.
Glenfarclas employs a slightly longer fermentation of 72 hours. The stills, which feature pronounced boil balls, are direct-heat fired by gas. The end result is a rich, oily spirit that stands up well to the spice and tannins of sherry casks.

In terms of origin and years on the scene, Glenfarclas 105 has an impressive pedigree. Many decades ago, in the lead up to Christmas, George Grant – the fourth generation Grant at the helm at that time – would bottle a single cask of Glenfarclas at cask-strength and gift it to family, friends, and distillery staff for Christmas each year. These naturally became highly sought-after bottles, and in 1968, George Grant decided to release it commercially for the public and added it to the core range. Bottled at 60% ABV in today’s scale, the strength in the UK’s imperial system at that time was 105o Proof, and hence the name Glenfarclas 105. It has thus been in the distillery’s core range for over 50 years and was, for some years, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s strongest commercial Scotch whisky.

Aberlour a’Bunadh arrived on the scene in 1998. For those who’ve only stumbled across the expression recently, consider that it’s been around now for over two decades! The name “a’Bunadh” is gaelic for “the origin”.   The whisky was the brainchild of the company’s Marketing Manager, Paul Hicks. David Boyd, Campbell Distiller’s Master Blender at the time, was responsible for putting together the recipe and creating the whisky.

Both whiskies share a near-identical strength. Glenfarclas 105 remains locked at 60% ABV; each batch of Aberlour a’Bunadh varies fractionally, but is generally anywhere between 59% and 61%.

The Batches

Any continually-appearing whisky expression in a distillery’s core-range that is not a once-off or single cask release is, by definition, produced in batches. Whether it’s Glenfarclas 12yo, Glenlivet 12yo, or Aberlour 12yo, the reality is that the Master Blender is required to assemble the requisite number and types of casks several times each year for each production run and must produce a vatting that – hopefully and ideally – tastes the same as the previous one. For the majority of expressions and distilleries, this batch production is an insignificant and invisible process to the consumer, and Glenfarclas 105 is no different. Aberlour a’Bunadh, on the other hand, makes a virtue of it, with each batch being numbered and labelled.

However, it was not always this way. Whilst keen fans of a’Bunadh today pounce on the batch number and like to compare bottlings across the numbered spectrum, the first five batches were not identified or tagged as such on the label. The reference to a Batch did not appear until Batch 6 came out in 1999. At the time of writing, a’Bunadh was up to Batch 65.

Glenfarclas 105 Aberlour a'Bunadh - a bottle of Aberlour Batch 6
The famous Batch 6 bottling of Aberlour a’Bunadh. One of the greatest non-single cask sherried whiskies ever released.
The Age

In their present incarnations and, indeed, for most of their lives, both 105 and a’Bunadh have been No Age Statement whiskies. But both expressions have, at times, carried age statements for special releases or for certain markets.

For Aberlour a’Bunadh, the only release to have an age statement was the so-called “Silver Label” release. Bottled in late 1999 to mark the new millennium, it was 12 years old, with 2,000 bottles produced. Today, Chivas advises that the average age of the whiskies used to make each batch of a’Bunadh is a figure they’d prefer to keep inhous

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