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 £7, which includes a discount voucher if you buy some of the 70cl bottles after your tour (Aberfeldy, Dewar's and Glen Deveron available).
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 two drams from three choices (Dewar's White Label, Dewar's 12yo Deluxe blend and Aberfeldy 12yo single malt).
I chose the £15 Cask Tasting tour which added a generous dram of 29yo Aberfeldy drawn straight from the cask, plus a tot glass. (In fact as I visited in June, their silent season, prices were reduced). Two other tour options are available but must be pre-booked (see website).
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 features a red squirrel - inhabitants of the woodlands behind the distillery. Across the road from the distillery flows Scotland's longest river, the Tay.
Malt Madness, Wikipedia, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk
Maps: Open Cycle Bing Nearby: Blair Athol, Edradour
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: PIT,
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12yo and 21yo constitute the standard range, occasional other special bottlings. Independent bottlings of Aberfeldy are quite common, particularly from Gordon & MacPhail.
LFW, RMW, TWE
Nearest Bike shops:
Escape Route 3 Atholl Rd, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX 01796 473859
Progression Bikes The Chalet, Atholl Arms Hotel, Dunkeld, PH8 0AQ 07825 322225
Bike Hire also available at:
Dunolly Adventures Taybridge Drive, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BP 01887 820928
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.
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