Located between the Snowdonia mountains and the shores of the Menai Strait in Abergywngregyn, Aber Falls Distillery lies at the foot of the waterfall of the same name. It is the first distillery in North Wales for over 100 years.
The Aber Falls site had less auspicious previous guardians, as a slate works in the 19th century and a margarine factory during both World Wars. It has since been restored and opened its distillery doors in 2017.
Prior to the launch of its 100% Welsh whisky in 2021, the distillery produced a range of gins (flavoured, small-batch and “Welsh Dry”) and liqueurs.
The Welsh distillery champions sustainable practices and collaborates with local farms and agencies to maximise local resources. The Aber Falls team believes in a field-to-field approach, returning all its waste ingredients back to local farms. Spent grain is reused as cattle feed and waste pot ale can be used as fertiliser.
Aber Falls’ inaugural whisky is the first to be made from 100% Welsh malted barley and fresh Welsh water. It is distilled, aged in a combination of American virgin oak, Sherry and orange wine casks, and bottled on site. The team is working on a Protected Geographical Indication to safeguard whisky produced in Wales.
Plans have been announced for a non-age-statement whisky.