Aberfeldy is at the heart of the Dewar's blends, and any visit to the distillery leaves you with no doubt about that. The distillery is branded as Dewar's World of Whisky.
Basic tours cost £9.50 (concessions £8). The tour starts with a film about the history of the Dewar's blend, emphasising the larger than life character of Tommy Dewar who travelled the world popularising the brand. You are then taken to the interactive museum, which you could browse around for hours through documentation of the company in its early days; examples of its advertising, a quiz, a blending challenge and a nosing test.
The tour itself is comprehensive, and on completion you are invited to try a dram.
In 2012, I chose the Cask Tasting tour (now £17) which added a generous dram of 29yo Aberfeldy drawn straight from the cask, plus a tot glass. Prices reduced by £1.50 during silent season, see website.
Two other tour options are available - Connoisseur Tour (£27), an additional 5 (15ml) drams; Blender's Tour (£75), bottle and take home your own 500ml blend. These tours must be pre-booked - tours can be booked online.
The Visitor Centre also includes a coffee shop.
Aberfeldy is not photographer friendly, no photos allowed in any internal production areas, though photos are allowed in the warehouse. However, it was not always so, as I do have internal pictures from my 2004 visit.
The label of the 12yo used to feature a red squirrel - inhabitants of the woodlands behind the distillery. Across the road from the distillery flows Scotland's longest river, the Tay.
The suggestion by scotchwhisky.com that the distillery had a private railway to Perth is misleading - the railway existed before the distillery was built - as with many other distilleries, it had a private siding connecting to the adjacent railway - the presence of which would have helped determine the location used for the distillery. 1862 map of site before the distillery was built. 1899 map.with distillery now built,
Tommy Dewar (son of founder John) travelled the world extensively promoting the brand, and is reputed to have been the third person in Britain to buy a car.
Though founded by John Dewar & Sons, the distillery was sold to DCL in 1925, but bought back by Dewar's (by then part of Bacardi) in 1998 from what was by then Diageo. It is the only Bacardi distillery open to the public - primarily as a showcase for Dewar's.
Malt Madness, Wikipedia, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk scotchwhisky.com
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Aberfeldy Distillery is just under a mile from the town of Aberfeldy on the A827
Nearest station is Pitlochry (PIT) (14 miles) - Live Train Times.
Ramps to Car park and through station building from Platform 1. Ramp to Armoury Road from Platform 2 - nearly a half mile trip from main station entrance - this entrance though shown on the station plan is not signposted either on Platform 2 or externally (if you're trying to find it look for the signal box).
Nearest Bike shops:
Escape Route 3 Atholl Rd, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX 01796 473859
Progression Bikes The Smiddy, St Ninians Wynd, Dunkeld 07825 322225
Bike Hire also available at:
Dunolly Adventures Taybridge Drive, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BP 01887 820298
Highland Safaris Dull nr Aberfeldy 01887 820071
Also have basic spares and "a maintenance bar for emergency bike repairs"
See also www.cyclehighlandperthshire.com/
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Aberfeldy Distillery are available on Flickr.