Aberlour translates from Gaelic as “the mouth of the chattering burn”, referring to the fresh water spring, the Lour, from which the distillery draws its crisp pure supply.
A Recipe for Success
Aberlour Distillery was founded in 1879 by local Speyside grain merchant, distiller and bank merchant, James Fleming, whoset out to fulfil a lifelong dream of creating the finest Speyside malt whisky. His new distillery took its name from the Scottish village in which it built, which is situated in the very heart of Speyside, surrounded by the dramatic Highland scenery of Ben Rinnes, and steeped in centuries of legend. The beautifully pure, natural spring waters of the Lour burn, which have flowed into the village over the pink granite of Ben Rinnes, combined with Fleming’s years of experience, created the ideal foundation for what noted Victorian distillery reviewer, Alfred Barnard, described as “a perfect model Distillery”.
James Fleming dedicated his life to the running of Aberlour Distillery; upon his death in 1895 the distillery passed into the ownership of several companies (during which time fire tore through the buildings in January 1898). The distillery ultimately passed into the hands of Pernod Ricard in 1974, leading to Aberlour single malts enjoying particular popularity in France. The distillery has been part of Pernod’s Chivas Brothers division since 2001.
To this day, Aberlour adheres to the Fleming family motto, “Let the deed show”, carrying founder James Fleming’s dream forward by letting the quality of the whisky speak for itself. Their current core range of Speyside single malt whiskies includes 12, 16 and 18 year old expressions, plus the cask strength Aberlour A’Bunadh, an homage to founder James Fleming, translating as ‘the original’ from Gaelic.