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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Strathmill Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Information

Strathmill Malt Whisky Distillery History  

The Strathmill distillery is located in the town of Keith and was set up in converted mill buildings in 1891. The mill and surrounding buildings had been built in 1823, and were used as an oatmeal mill. During this period the mill was called the Strathisla Mills and it was rumoured that it had been the site of Illegal distillation.


Initially the distillery was called the Glenisla-Glenlivet distillery. And at the height of the 1890’s whisky boom the distillery was sold in 1895 to the London gin company W&A Gilbey for £9’500.They changed the distillery name to Strathmill to reflect the history of the buildings and the area;  ‘strathmill’ means ‘the mill in the long valley’.


In 1962 Gilbey merged with Justin & Brooks and United Vintners to form International Distillers & Vintners. The number of stills was increased form two to four in 1968.


Grand Metropolitan and run by Justerini & Brooks acquired the distillery in 1975. Due to the mergers of the 1980-90’s the distillery eventually became part of the Diageo portfolio


Although Strathmill was released as a single malt as early as in 1909, the distillery has always focused on blended whisky; the second official single malt bottling was not to be released until 1993. This time under Diageo’s Flora and Fauna Series.


Strathmill is an important component of Justin & Brooks and Dunhill. Blends.


Strathmill Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings


Straithmill 12 year old Flora & Fauna (Discontinued)


Strathmill Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings

Berry's Own Selection


Cask strength (Duncan Taylor)

Chieftain’s (Ian Macleod),

Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Dewar Rattery

Hart Brothers

Norse Cask (Denmark)

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)


Spirit Safe (Celtic Whisky Compagnie)


Strathmill Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1991 40%

Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)


Tasting note

Colour: Golden straw.



Nose: Red apples with delicate spices - hints of white pepper and cloves. Some dry grass and cedar wood aromas.

Palate: Sweet and herbal, some green grass and wine/sweet fruit flavours. Drying, charred oak notes.


With Water

Nose: Perfumed and herbal aromas with sweet fruit notes in the background. Hints of heather honey.

Palate: Sweet, vanilla flavours with spices (aniseed and nutmeg). Slowly dries leaving floral elements.

Body: Light.

Finish: Dry, perfumed

Strathmill Distillery



AB55 5DQ



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Strathmill Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes

Nose: Light and delicate. Creamy, honey, orange.


Palate: Medium bodied. Vanilla, toffee, orange, heather and honey.


Finish: Long and dry, chocolate orange.

Founded in 1891

Location Speyside region Central district, Keith town

Water source On site spring


Strathmill Distilling Equipment


Stainless steel mash tun

6 Stainless steel washbacks

4 Stubby  pot stills fitted with purifiers

Matured in  American oak bourbon casks in traditional dunnage warehousing on site