lies in the town of Keith and was founded in 1891 in old
mill buildings. The mill and surrounding buildings were
erected in 1823, and were used as an oatmeal mill.
During this period the mill was named the Strathisla
In 1891 the mill was converted into a distillery.
Because of its proximity to the river Isla the
distillery was renamed the Glenisla-Glenlivet
distillery. The distillery was sold in 1895 to the gin
company W&A Gilbey who was expanding into the whisky
industry. The new owners changed the name to Strathmill
to reflect the history of the facilities; the word
‘strathmill’ means ‘the mill in the long valley’.
No major changes were made to the distillery until the
1960s when the current owners, Diageo, merged with W&A
Gilbey. The distillery’s capacity was doubled in 1968
and the number of stills was increased form two to four.
Through a series of mergers, the ownership of Strathmill
has changed several times during the last 50 years.
Although Strathmill released 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. The focus on blended whisky
remains, and Strathmill is an important component of
e.g. J&B whisky and Dunhill. As a result, lovers of
Strathmill whisky have to put their trust in independent
bottlers if they wish to enjoy a Strathmill single malt
apart from the 12 year old included in Diageo’s Flora
and Fauna Series.
Only a small
part of production is used for single malt whisky. As a
consequence Strathmill is very rare and sought-after
among connoisseurs. Strathmill is included in the
blended whiskies J&B and Dunhill.
The water is drawn from local sources. The malt is
unpeated and bought from Burghead Maltings. Their mash
tun holds nine tons and has a diameter of 6.5 meters.
The stainless steel washback holds 44 000 liters. The
distillery uses four copper stills that are heated with
steam coils. The two wash stills hold 11 000 liters each.
The two spirit stills are fitted with purifiers and hold
6 700 liters each. The cooling water is taken from the
river Isla. There are six storage buildings on site and
the annual output is 2.5 million liters.
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