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Aberfeldy Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highland Distillery Information

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

Blackadder International,


Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),

Coopers Choice

Duthies (Cadenhead)

Old Malt cask (Douglas Laing)

Scott's Selection



World of Whisky

Aberfeldy Distillery



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Tel No. 01887 - 822010


Visitor Centre


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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.

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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