We are introduced to the original owner James Fleming a local man who made his fortune before building his own distillery. A very generous individual he financed several significant pieces of infrastructure in the town including the village hall, hospital and a nearby suspension bridge after a young child drowned trying to cross the rapid River Spey.
The distillery today while not epic in size does have an industrial and sanitised feel. The gatehouse suggests a more period appearance but within metal wash backs dominate as does an air of computerised efficiency. Despite the best efforts of the enthusiastic tour guide the distillery is forgettable. Fortunately the whole experience is saved by the tasting which incorporates a wide range of Aberlour whiskies that is covered by the standard tour fee.