On the junction of the rivers Lour and Spey, Aberlour is all about the water. Its name means ‘mouth of the chattering burn’, it uses natural spring water drawn from underground springs, and the maturing whisky breathe moist Speyside air in their casks. Most Aberlour single malts are double cask matured. The whisky is matured to age separately in ex-bourbon casks and ex-sherry butts. Then, whisky from the two sets of casks is brought together for the first time to merge the different flavours and textures. The Aberlour range consists of a 10, 12, 16 and 18 year old, and A’bunadh, a cask strength, non-chill-filtered whisky matured exclusively in Oloroso ex-sherry butts. The distillery, producing spirit since 1880, now makes 3.2 million litres of alcohol each year and is owned by Pernod Ricard. Tours, by appointment, run throughout the year (from £12).
- Open since: 1826