Aberfeldy Celebrates 125 years of Scotch Whisky Distilling

To commemorate the milestone, ABERFELDY is releasing a 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky finished in first-fill Oloroso Sherry casks

ABERFELDY,a Highland single malt, has bottled a limited edition 25 Year Old expression in an exclusive collector’s pack to mark 125 years of the eponymous distillery.

Since 1898, ABERFELDY has been quietly crafting excellence in taste and quality in the heart of Scotland, where Perthshire’s tallest mountain, deepest loch, and longest glen meet. The distillery was founded by John Alexander Dewar, whose work led him to become one of the first so-called ‘Whisky Barons’, a group of pioneers who laid down the cornerstone of the Scotch whisky world as we know it today.

Sparing no expense in the creation of the distillery, it was designed by legendary distillery architect, Charles Doig, made use of “all the latest advancements” and was planned down to the smallest detail to produce a superior Highland malt. With its smoother, rich character, Aberfeldy helped bring the Highland style into the 20th century.

125 years later, ABERFELDY single malt pays homage to its rich past by continuing to create exceptional malt whisky, representing the distillery’s gold standard approach to whisky making.  Today, the distillery goes to great lengths to care for the surrounding area to build a more sustainable future, from reducing its carbon footprint by 90% since 2015 by installing a biomass boiler, to improving water efficiency by more than 30% in the last 15 years.

The 25 Year Old limited edition, in a commemorative pack, celebrates the distillery’s heritage, with a whisky typical of Aberfeldy’s signature soft, honeyed waxy character, augmented by a finish in first-fill Oloroso Sherry casks. 

Five-time International Whisky Competition ‘Master Blender of the Year’ and ABERFELDY Malt Master, Stephanie Macleod commented: “The walls of our charming distillery are steeped in history and heritage, standing testament to a tradition of whisky making stretching back over generations. Together with the distillery team led by Distillery Manager, John MacKenzie, and the team of talented Blenders, we have the honour of balancing past, present and future in every bottle of Aberfeldy to create the consistent premium quality and taste people enjoy around the world. Aberfeldy is truly at the heart of Scotland and, as soon as you arrive, it’s easy to see why John Alexander Dewar chose this area to build his first and only distillery.”

The distillery was the first and only distillery built by John Alexander Dewar and is located just a few miles from where his father – John Dewar Senior – was born, starting from humble beginnings before founding the family business that John Alexander took over. Jacqui Seargeant, Heritage Manager, Bacardi commented:“John Alexander was at the peak of his whisky-making career when he founded the distillery and he would have had his choice of some of the best locations in the Highlands. Out of all of those, he chose Aberfeldy, a location that had all the ingredients to make a superior Highland single malt, notably a superior natural water source through the gold-rich Pitilie Burn, which runs right past the distillery. And there was likely a sentimental reason too, a homecoming of sorts, being just three miles from where his father was born and the family’s whisky legacy began.”

The special edition collector’s pack of Aberfeldy 25 Year Old is available for £500 starting this October.  The expression is  available from the distillery’s online shop, and can be purchased from Master of Malt in the UK. It will also be available in Germany, France, the United States, China and Taiwan, from the first week of October 2023.

This has been a fantastic year of innovation for Aberfeldy, with the brand also releasing two new limited edition expressions into its wine cask collection in the UK – Aberfeldy 15 Year Old finished in Cadillac wine casks, and Aberfeldy 18 Year Old finished in Cabernet Sauvignon wine casks from Napa Valley. The limited edition wine casks are available now from Master of Malt, Berry Brothers & Rudd, House of Malt, First Development, The Whisky Exchange, Aberfeldy 15 Year Old Cadillac French Wine Cask Finish is available for £59.99 and Aberfeldy 18 Year Old Napa Valley Red Wine Cask is available for £115.

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