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Strathisla Distillery History
Alexander Milne and George Taylor established The Strathisla Distillery in 1786 making it the oldest distillery in Speyside.
Although their illicit distillery was built in the Strath (Gaelic for valley) by the river Isla, it was initially called Miltown because of its proximity to Miltown Castle. However, The whisky produced was called Strahisla-Glenlivet. Although a considerable distance from the Livet the use of Glenlivit in the name was to capitalise on the reputation of the Glenlivit whiskies that were highly regarded
The distillery was sold to William Longmorne in 1828, who profitably ran the distillery for many years and expanded the capacity by replacing the original 100 gallon stills with two stills holding 2,200 and 4,400 gallon each.
In 1876 part of the distillery was damaged in a fire and was replaced with the buildings we see today. The twin pagoda roof is thought to be one of the very first in Scotland. Strathisla was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to market their whisky as a single malt besides supplying the blended industry. Also the distillery was the first to become a limited company
At this time of the reconstruction the name of the distillery first changed to Strathisla
The distillery changed names between Strathisla and Milton or Milltown in the late 19th century, however ended up being called Milltown Distillery until 1950 when it was sold to Chivas Brothers who renamed it Strathisla Distillery
In 1965 the number if stills were expanded from two to six. Chivas Brothers still own the distillery and have moved their headquarters to the distillery together with a laboratory and a research and development department.
A major contributor to Chivas Regal, Blended Scotch Whisky.
Strathisla Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings
Strathisla 12 Year Old
Strathisla Single Malt Scotch Whisky Older Distillery Bottlings
Strathisla Distillery Edition15 Year Old
Strathisla Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings
Cask Strength (Gordon & Macphail)
Duncan Taylor Collection,
Gordon & Macphail, Rare Vintage
Kingsbury (Japan Imports System)
Lonach (Duncan Taylor),
Malts of Scotland
Mission (Murray McDavid),
Norse Cask (Denmark)
Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),
Peerless (Duncan Taylor),
Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail),
Provenance (Douglas Laing),
Un-Chill Filtered (Signatory).
Whisky Agency (Germany)
Whisky Doris (Germany)
Strathisla Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1987 40%
Gordon & Macphail
Colour: Pale orange.
Nose: Fruit - orange peel with tobacco/leather note.
Palate: Creamy initially, charred wood with fruitiness emerging.
Nose: Slight honey note with winey hint and a touch of mint.
Palate: Smoky with oak flavours. Sherry slowly develops.
Finish: Slight oakiness.
Cask Type: Refill Sherry Hogshead.
Whisky Style: Balanced Speysider with subtle sherry influence.
Strathisla Distillery, Keith,
Tel: +44 (0)1542 783042
Strathisla Distillery Visitor Centre Information
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Contact +44 (0)1542 783044
March 21st to end of October. Monday to Saturday 1000 to 1600hrs, Sunday 1230
Strathisla Scotch Whisky
Distillery Style Tasting Notes
Nose: Malty with spice and fruit, and a whiff of smoke.
Palate: Medium bodied. Creamy, rich, dried fruit, malty, and a subtle background smokiness.
Finish: Long, smooth and warming.
Founded in 1786 by Alexander Milne and George Taylor
Location Speyside region Central district Keith
Water source The Broomhill Spring.
Strathisla Distilling Equipment
Stainless steel mash tun
10 Oregon pine washbacks
6 stubby pot stills with lyne arms inclined at different angles
Matured in a combination of American oak bourbon and European sherry casks in traditional dunnage warehousing on site