was founded in 1786 by Alexander Milne and George
Taylor, which makes it the oldest distillery in
Speyside. Although the illicit distillery was built in
the valley (strath) by the river Isla, it was not
initially named Strathisla but instead went under the
name of Milltown because of its proximity to
Miltown Castle. The whisky produced was however called
The distillery was
sold to William Longmorne in 1828. Longmorne
successfully ran the distillery for many years and
greatly expanded the capacity by replacing the original
500 litre stills with two stills holding 10.000 and
20.000 litres each. In the mid-1880s much of the
distillery was lost to a fire and was replaced with the
beautiful buildings we see today. The twin pagoda roof
is likely to be one of the very first in Scotland.
Strathisla was one of the first distilleries in Scotland
to launch their whisky as a single malt besides
supplying the blended industry. In 1880 it also became
the first distillery in northern Scotland to be included
in a limited company.
changed names between Strathisla and Milton or Milltown
a few times in the late 19th century, but ended up being
called Milton (or 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 four. Chivas Brothers still own the
distillery and have moved their headquarters to the
distillery together with a laboratory and a research and
Strathisla 12 yo
Strathisla 1989 15 yo
Cask Strength 59.3% 50cl
Strathisla 1967 37 yo Peerless 47,6%
working distillery in the Highlands.
smoky. Nutty, malty and fruity. Long finish. A great
Distillery takes its water from a spring right across
the road called Fons Bullion (the bubbling spring).
Their malt is bought lightly peated from local suppliers
(Pauls of Buckie). For a short period of time Strathisla
made a more peated whisky, the Craigduff, in order to
take some market share from tthe Islay whiskies. The
attempt was unsuccessful and production of Craigduff was
Strathisla has a copper top mash tun, which holds five
tons. The ten washbacks are made from Oregon pine, each
with a capacity of 22.500 litres. The distillery uses
four copper stills; two lantern-model wash stills which
hold 12.500 litres each, and two wide-necked boiling
ball spirit stills with a capacity of 8.500 litres each.
Since there is no room for warehouses on site,
Strathisla store their whisky in the town of Keith. The
whisky is matured in sherry and bourbon casks. Bottling
is done in Newbridge outside of Edinburgh.
In 1999 Strathisla produced close to two million litres
of whisky. Strathisla is an important component of the
blended whisky Chivas Regal.
+44 (0) 1542-783 044 Fax: +44 (0) 1542-783 055
Manager: Alan Greig
Visitors: Visitors are welcome between April and
October Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12.30am-4pm. The
modern visitor centre was built in 1995. Guided tours
are held as demand dictates, admission is £5. Strathisla
also has a tour book, which is much appreciated by
visitors. Upon advance booking, groups of more than 205
visitors receive a 10 percent discount in the fully
stocked gift shop.
The visitor centre does not house a café although coffee
is served. The old mash room has been converted into an
inviting Dram Room where visitors may enjoy the
Strathisla 12 yo.
Owner: Chivas Brothers Ltd / Pernod Ricard
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