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Dewar's origins date back to the mid 19th century. John Dewar was born in 1805 in the small village of Dull, near Aberfeldy, Scotland where he grew up on a farm. he was a highly educated man and after working as an apprentice as a joiner, he moved in his early 20's to Perth, where he began working for his uncle's Wine and spirits wholesaling firm. In 1837 he became a partner and begun to understand the alcohol business and in 1846 he broke away from his uncle and decided to go into business on his own, blending whisky from several different producers to give it a mellower flavour. He did however keep in good contact with his uncle and Dewar's was one of the first companies to sell his beverage in a glass bottle with the brand name embossed on the front, rather than the traditional way in a ceramic container.
In 1880 John Dewar Senior passed away and was succeeded by his sons John and Tommy Alexander. It was Tommy who build the brand name of Dewars to be known world wide. His extrovert nature and showman skills were the real reason why the Dewars brand name got recognition, and in 1894 his enterprise has established 32 agents in no fewer than 26 countries. By this time, the firm has built a new headquarters next to the railway station in Perth from which a private siding led to their premises. Accordingly, Aberfeldy Distillery was also built next to the railway.
The Aberfeldy Distillery has gone through many hard times, for example during the First and Second World War it was forced to shut down because the demand for barley increased to help produce food for the soldiers. After the World Wars, business picked up again but it wasn't until 1999 that the distillery hit a gold mine; they created the Aberfeldy 12yo single malt whisky. Since then this fabulous single malt has won many awards including two gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition in 2007.