Aultmore distillery

The Aultmore Distillery on the edge of the Speyside resort of Keith produces quietly and secretly a heroine floral single malt whisky. In addition to a few standard bottlings of different ages, there are always Aultmores to be discovered by independent bottlers.

Aultmore Whisky

Without fame or fanfare Aultmore is distilled north of the small Speyside village Keith as the Aultmore Single Malt. Keith is mainly known as the seat of the Strathisla Distillery, but some more inconspicuous distilleries tumble there. Strathmill and Glen Keith also have their home there. However, while these distilleries until recently could only be found only as independent bottlings, Aultmore has had its own single malt bottling on the market for years. However, since the distillery seems content not to advertise their whisky, it is unfortunately one of the more overlooked Scottish distilleries. Aultmore does not currently have a visitor centre and is not generally accessible to visitors.

House style

How does Aultmore Single Malt taste?The basic character of Aultmore is very fresh and dry. The house style is characterized by herbs and spices. The Aultmore shows clear oak flavors-typical for whiskies from the Isla river. The 12-year standard bottling of the distillery also has a slope to floral/flowery flavors.


How is Aultmore Whisky produced?Aultmore is a diligent workhorse distillery, producing 7 days a week. With its 4 stills, it creates just under 3 million litres of new make annually. The distillery also has a stainless steel mash tub and six wooded washbacks. The malt required for the whisky production is purchased at United Distillers Maltings in Glenesk, Burghead and Roseisle. However, only a small part of the Malt production in Aultmore is also bottled as single Malt. The largest part finds its way into the Dewar’s Blend though some also makes it into Johnnie Walker Black Label and VAT69. The water for the Aultmore comes from the Auchinderran Burn.


The Aultmore distillery was founded in 1896 by Alexander Edwards, who at the same time ran the legendary Craigellachie Hotel in Craigellachie. Edwards was not a novice in the whisky production sector. He had previously taken over the Benrinnes distillery from his father, and founded the Craigellachie Distillery. Also, the Dallas Dhu Distillery closed today goes to his account. At times he also belonged to the Oban distillery on the west coast. In 1923, Aultmore was sold to John Dewar & Sons, which were taken over by DCL as early as 1925. DCL expanded the distillery from two to four fuel bubbles. Aultmore came into the possession of Diageo via some restructuring operations, but then had to be sold for antitrust reasons. In the 1970s, the distillery was completely rebuilt and production capacity was doubled, there is nothing left of the old buildings. Owned by Dewars since 1998 Aultmore is part of Barcardi.

Aultmore factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Aultmore ault*moor Speyside Scotland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 1895 - Present Malt Aultmore Not Available
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
Unknown Bacardi

Aultmore Timeline:

1896: Distillery built by Alexander Edward of Forres (owner of Benrinnes Distillery)

1898: Sold to the Oban & Aultmore Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd.

1899: The Company of Edward went almost bankrupt due to the collapse of a major customer, Pattison’s of Leith. Production was cut and times remained difficult until 1923

1923: Sold to John Dewar & Sons Ltd. for £ 20,000

1925: Became part of Distillers Company Ltd. (DCL) which licensed it to John & Robert Harvey & Co.

1930: Transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (SMD)

1952: Distillers Company Ltd./DCL started an expriment here and at Imperial Distillery on making animal feed, named "dark grains", of the protein-rich Draff and Pot Ale. This was very successful and nowadays the animal feed is made by every Distillery

1967: Stills became steamheated

1968: Floor Maltings closed

1969: Original Steam Engine (dated back to 1898) replaced

1970-71: Rebuilt when extended from two stills to four. Licensed to John and Robert Harvey & Co. Ltd., Glasgow

1985: Sold by Diageo plc

1991: Owned by United Distillers (UD)

1992: Licensed to United Malt & Grain Distillers Ltd. (UMGD)

1998: Sold to John Dewar’s & Sons Ltd (owned by Bacardi) after merge United Distillers/UD with International Distillers and Vintners (IDV)

Can I tour Aultmore?

No, unfortunately Aultmore distillery is not open to the public for tours