Cardhu Distillery

Cardhu Distillery, Aberlour: Hours, Address, Cardhu Distillery Reviews: 4.5/5

Cardhu Distillery
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Share with us the story of the only malt distillery pioneered by a woman. The malt whisky produced here has a warmth and cleanliness of taste which experts describe as "silky" and is used in some of the award winning Johnnie Walker blends.
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rubymckc
Glasgow, United Kingdom8 contributions
Couples
We stopped by the distillery on a Sunday whilst on the Malt Whisky Trail for my partners 30th on the off chance of it being open and we were so pleased that it was. The distillery has been recently renovated and the inside is stunning - the staff were also very friendly and welcoming, and very knowledgeable. Was lovely to hear the origins of the distillery and the story behind the innovative women, we did not take part in the tour but have decided we will visit again when we have more time to stay & book on the tour - had a lovely platter and a few drinks in the dining area (which was also gorgeous), special mention to Clare who assisted us, Clare is a great asset to the Cardhu distillery! Will definitely be back.
Written October 25, 2021
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irmentrautE
Dortmund, Germany8 contributions
Couples
Thank you very much for the interesting and adorable look into the history of Cardhu . We have had a very friendly and beautiful tour through the halls . Our competent guide Ailsa knew everything about the process and the amazing development of this distillery. The tasting afterwards was both thrilling and relaxing . We enjoyed this tour very much. We really appreciated the way Ailsa introduced the different tastes of whisky . Thank you 🤗🤗🤗
Written April 9, 2022
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4interestigo
Davis, CA2 contributions
Couples
We were greeted by Ailsa, a friendly and informative guide. She conducted an interesting and expertly presented walk through the different stages of making whisky. Ailsa stimulated our group with fun questions and lots of enlightening details of the distillation processes. We had a delicious tasting and lovely memories of Cardhu Distillery
Written April 10, 2022
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Gurpreat Singh
Bolton, UK1 contribution
Friends
After over 7 hours travel and plenty of expenditure from Manchester to Cardhu we (3 adults) where expecting a fantastic tour of Cardhu after purchasing the £22 tour experience, unfortunately for us we was not advised that 2 areas of the distillery where inaccessible (please note we booked our tour over the phone on the day of arrival 27/02/2020) and the tour was lacking a lot of information in comparison to other distilleries visited during our stay in Dufftown (stated duration 1hr actual tour duration 20mins). This experience was quite frustrating and of putting.
The Cardhu whisky has no fault but again during the tasting experience of 6 whiskies the dram provided was a disgrace in comparison to other distilleries who are less commercialised and who produce less whisky with lower profit margins, hence adding to our frustration during our tour.
Tour conducted by Isla (stated first tour guide) the assistant didn't support or encourage any further information to be given.
I don't believe this is common for Cardhu but our experience was very frustrating and I personally would not recommend a visit to Cardhu, this was also one of the more expensive tours we did during our visit and resulted in wasting our money.

Date of Visit: 27/02/2020
Time: Approx 15:00

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Gurpreat Singh
Written March 3, 2020
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Mathieu R
4 contributions
Family
The visit of the Cardhu distillery has been very carefully planned to give the visitor the best all-round experience possible. A superb film gives an excellent historical introduction, followed by a leisurely visit that leaves you with a very good understanding of the complexities of the distilling process - and your nose is treated to the amazing smells of malting, distilling, casking and maturing... the visit culminates with an outstanding tasting session. Make sure that your tour guide is Daniel, he was both very knowledgeable and intent on making the visit a thoroughly memorable occasion - can't recommend it enough.
Written August 21, 2021
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gianr1201
Edinburgh, UK33 contributions
We booked the Cardhu Collection Tour. Despite the inclusion of the distillery in the Johnnie Walker Four Corners of Scotland, the tour was very focused on the distillery and accessible to both whisky geeks and novices.

The tour guide was Hamish, who was entertaining, and demonstrated a deep knowledge while answering most of our questions. The tour started with a 15 mins video about the Cardhu history, which was well done and extremely interesting. Then we moved to the production area, including the warehouse where we could nose some different single malts from their casks.

Finally, the tasting included 6 drams, 3 from the core range and 3 special expressions available at the distillery. We could also taste a bit of the 2020 Special Release cask strength.
Written August 8, 2021
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lmclight
Salisbury, UK80 contributions
This is an excellent tour at the recently renovated Cardhu Distillery. The visitor experience has been carefully thought out to provide an informative and interactive experience for guests. We saw the actual whiskey in production and discussed the whole process from start to finish. The tasting room is a gorgeous kitchen and we treated to four samples plus a cocktail. Drivers are provided with bottles to take their samples home. Whole tour plus tasting takes about 2 hours. We stayed a little longer though, to chat to the other family in our group and staff were happy for us to stay as long as we liked. Wonderful experience!
Written August 9, 2021
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Wing-Commander S
5 contributions
Couples

A visit as part of a series of tours for our honeymoon....seriously classy and well created visitors centre, description of the whiskey process and good interactive explanation for the smell and tasting relationship before trying the whiskey. Our guide was clear, knowledgable and dedicated to giving a bespoke experience. Superb artistic history video as part of the tour.
Written August 13, 2021
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Gurleygirl00
Nairn, UK10 contributions
We enjoyed a fantastic tasting tour, all our questions were answered and the story of the distillery was fascinating. The beautiful building was spotlessly clean and well presented and the art work was mesmerising, as well as the easy to understand descriptions on the wall of the history.

Our tour guide Claire was fantastic! She really helped to make this a most memorable occasion. We would recommend a visit to this distillery without hesitation. Well done everyone!
Written January 4, 2022
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Christina O
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We visited for a tour of the distillery and a whisky tasting and had a great afternoon! Holly was a fantastic guide and we learned a lot while having fun. The tasting includes 3 drams of whisky and a super tasty whisky drink which we thought was great value for the price. A must visit in the Speyside area!
Written August 15, 2022
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