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Aberfeldy Distillery History
Aberfeldy, on the edge of Highland Perthshire, lies a distillery steeped in tradition, yet only known to connoisseurs and a few fortunate travellers.
Construction of the Aberfeldy distillery was started in 1896 by John Dewar & Sons Ltd and went into production in 1898
Established on the south bank of the river Tay, approximately 1 mile east, along the A827 from the town of Aberfeldy. The distillery lies in a beautiful setting, with woodland close by, housing a rare colony of red squirrels, hence the red Squirrel on the label.
The distillery was closed during the 1917-19 downturn and was subsequently purchased by DCL in 1925 then transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers in 1930.
The distillery was reconstructed with an extra pair of stills in 1972.
Initially only available as a single malt in Diageo’s Flora & Fauna Range during the early 1990s as a 15 year old
In 1998 John Dewar & Sons Ltd and Aberfeldy distillery was purchased by Barcardi Ltd. From Diageo PLC The substantial redundant maltings building was converted into a whisky visitor centre with an emphasis on the history of the firm of Dewar’s rather than the process of distilling.
In 1999 The Aberfeldy 12 year old Single Malt whisky is launched as the finest creation of the entrepreneurial Dewar Brothers. Reserved for years as the heart of Dewar’s White label,
2000 The visitor centre is designed with the main exhibition area set as a number of 'scenes' from Dewar's history and looks forward to the future of the industry. There is an audio-visual theatre, restaurant area and a 'Nosing & Tasting Bar' where visitors can taste their own blend.
Aberfeldy combines the fresh spring water of the Pitile Burn with the skill of generations of craftsmen to produce an out standing single malt whisky renowned for its heather honey softness and full body.
Aberfeldy Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings
12-year-old Sherry Cask Matured
18 Year Old Now travel retail
21 Year Old Replaced 25 year old
Aberfeldy Discontinued Distillery Bottlings
Flora & Fauna 15 year 43% Single malt Scotch whisky
25 Year Old
1980, 62%. Bottled in 1997. (Limited edition bottling)
14, 18, 19, Single Cask Bottlings
Aberfeldy 12-year-old Single malt Scotch whisky Review
At 12 years old Aberfeldy is noted for its heather honey nose, full body and rounded taste. The finish is dry and elegant, with pronounced spicy characteristics and a hint of Seville oranges, Aberfeldy – a work of man and nature
Aberfeldy Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings
A. D. Rattery
Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),
Old Malt cask (Douglas Laing)
World of Whisky
Tel No. 01887 - 822010
World of Whisky
Please contact the distillery before travelling
Aberfeldy Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Style Tasting Notes
Nose : Mellow and rich. Dried fruits, nuts and honey.
Palate : Light to medium bodied. Soft fruit, heather, honey and vanilla.
Finish : Long and balanced with more honey and vanilla.
Founded in 1896 by John Dewar & Sons Ltd
Location Highland region
Water source The Pitilie Burn -
Major component of Dewar's blends
Aberfeldy Distilling Equipment
Stainless steel mash tun,
8 Siberian larch washbacks, 2 stainless steel plus 1 external washback
4 Bulbous pot stills,
Now uses a Biomass boiler for heating the stills
Matured in Spanish sherry and American oak bourbon casks