Aberlour Distillery 22.04.2024

Located in the heart of Speyside, under the rugged peaks of Ben Rinnes, Aberlour Distillery is nestled in the quaint village of Aberlour. Its history is intertwined with the ancient landscape and pristine spring waters. Founded in 1879 by James Fleming, Aberlour Distillery is renowned for producing whiskies of subtle depth and elegance.

James Fleming's Vision

James Fleming had a keen eye for quality and community. Born to a local tenant farmer, his strategic location choice near St Drostan's Well ensured a continuous supply of pristine spring water—a crucial ingredient in crafting Aberlour's renowned malt whisky.

Fleming's legacy extends beyond the distillery. His generous deeds, including building a community hall and funding essential infrastructure like hospitals and bridges, demonstrate his dedication to the welfare of Aberlour's residents. His family motto, "Let the Deed Show," embodies a philosophy of action over words—a sentiment that is reflected in every bottle of Aberlour whisky.

Pure Spring Water

At Aberlour, water is more than just an ingredient—it's integral to the whisky-making process. The crystal-clear spring water flows from the pink granite slopes of Ben Rinnes and journeys through the Lour valley to reach the distillery. Free from additives or treatments and filtered through peat and granite layers, the water is exceptionally soft. This makes it the perfect canvas for creating whisky with unparalleled depth and character.

Honoring Tradition and Embracing Innovation

Aberlour's journey demonstrates resilience and evolution. Despite challenges like the devastating fire of 1896, Aberlour has consistently emerged stronger, with an unwavering commitment to quality. The recent expansion efforts represent a significant milestone in Aberlour's history, marking the most extensive makeover since its founding. 

The expansion plans, first submitted to the local council in 2017 and approved in autumn 2020, demonstrate Aberlour's commitment to meeting global market demands. The decision to double capacity, add new stills and washbacks, reflects Aberlour's position as the world's 8th best-selling single malt. This achievement is the result of years of careful craftsmanship and dedication to excellence.

Pursuit of Perfection

At the heart of Aberlour's production process is the pursuit of perfection. Their meticulous approach to distillation guarantees that each bottle retains the fruity character associated with their name. From the slow distillation to the careful selection of cuts, Aberlour's commitment to quality is apparent in every stage of production.

Crafting Stories in Every Bottle

Each bottle of Aberlour whisky narrates a story—a tale of enduring tradition, skilled craftsmanship, and the timeless charm of Scotland's Highlands. From James Fleming's original vision to the pure spring waters flowing from Ben Rinnes, Aberlour Distillery stands as a testament to the everlasting spirit of Scotland's whisky-making heritage.

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