Tommy Dewar, one of the distillery's founders was the third person in the UK to own a car, after Thomas Lipton (who first imported tea from India) and the Prince of Wales.
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Tours through Dewar's World of Whisky at Aberfeldy Distillery are available Monday to Saturday all year round plus Sundays during summer. Charges apply. Premium tours are also available by appointment.
Aberfeldy is a little known distillery in the eastern Highlands. It is owned by John Dewar & Sons. One of the reasons that it is little known is due to the fact that only a small percentage of the 2.5 million litres of whisky produced there every year is released as a single malt under the Aberfeldy name. The majority goes in to the blending of Dewar's white label, which is one of the world's leading selling blended whiskies, with Aberfeldy being marketed as 'the spiritual home of Dewar's whisky'. As a result, there are only two current releases of single malt - this 12 years old and a 21 years old. Independent bottlings are relatively hard to find.
Opened in 1898 by John and Tommy Dewar the distillery has only been closed for two years since this date, from 1942 to 1944 due to a war-time shortage of barley. The distillery was expanded in 1972 to produce more whisky as Dewar's becomes one of the most drunk whiskies in the world. 1999 saw the launch of Aberfeldy 12 year old single malt followed closely by the distillery's 'World of Whisky' exhibition opening in 2000.
John Dewar & Sons are currently owned by Bacardi Drinks Company. They in turn own a number of distilleries - Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, Macduff and Royal Brackla.