Aberfeldy distillery

  • Aberfeldy is a large yet pretty site, spread out and neatly organised – and modelled rather nicely in miniature form at the distillery.

aberfeldy

It’s a popular destination for tourists no doubt due to the Dewar’s connection, and by 10am the carpark and reception are already buzzing with activity. Dewar’s [owned by Bacardi] have taken a lot of care and spent a lot of money on the visitor experience, like a lot of other distilleries in recent times. The atmosphere inside the visitors centre is more akin to a shopping mall than a distillery. The shop, bar and cafe are all connected by thoughtful open planning which creates a wonderful, vibrant public space for young & old, enthusiast & tourist in which to relax, eat, shop and mingle – just what the whisky world needs..

The standard tour gets you a taste of the Aberfeldy 12yo and a Dewar’s of your choice, but for an extra £7.50 a warehouse pour of a rather cracking 28yo single cask Aberfeldy is yours. Often the warehouse offering is a little lacklustre but this was decent stuff and at a very generous price.

Despite the ‘risk of explosion’ from my camera, i risked life & limb to bring you a picture of Aberfeldy’s beautiful stills.

aberfeldy-stillsGeek alert:

  • 70 hour fermentation time
  • 7.5 tonnes of barley produce 33,000 litres of spirit, filling 64 casks in a single run
  • Eleven people are involved in the production of 2.5 million litres annually.
  • A full [sherry cask] can weigh up to 300kg

Below, a fine demonstration of the evaporation levels over time in the cask. Left to right, after 12 years and 21 years respectively.

aberfeldy-casks

 

Thank you Gary for your time and commitment and for recognising the enthusiasts.

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