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Strathisla

The Strathisla whisky distillery draws its waters from the calcium rich, peat-less Broomhill Spring. Rumour has it, kelpies - the supernatural shape shifting water horses from Scottish folk lore - haunt the spring at night. The distillery was founded by George Taylor and Alexander Milne in 1786 under the name Milltown, latterly changing the name to Milton. The original name was most probably a reference to the town of Keith in which the distillery lies, for around this period the area was a nucleus for the production of linen and the milling thereof.

The name 'Strathisla' first came into being as the moniker given to spirit from the Milton distillery. The name stuck and was subsequently applied to the distillery proper in 1870. Strathisla is the oldest distillery in the North of Scotland and it started out life as a farm distillery. During the nineteenth century, Strathisla was expanded, particularly so after a devastating fire in 1876. William Longmore owned the distillery from 1830 and when it came to his retirement in 1880 it was passed down to his son-in-law, John Geddes-Brown. A decade later, the name reverted to Milton.

During the mid-twentieth century, the distillery fell into silence. Jay Pomeroy became a majority shareholder in Milton’s parent company, William Longmore and Co. He was eventually jailed for some unsavoury business deals and, as such, the company went bankrupt in 1949. A year later, Chivas Brothers acquired the distillery at auction for £71,000. After reviving the buildings and equipment the name was reverted to Strathisla in 1951. During the 1960s, further stills were added bringing the total capacity to just below 2.5 million litres per annum. Today, the distillery remains under Chivas Brothers’ watchful eye and they themselves having recently been acquired by Pernod Ricard.

Strathisla Whisky Distillery

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About Strathisla Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01542 783044

Distillery Founded

1786

1940

1940 – Jay (George) Pomeroy acquires majority shares in William Longmore & Co. Pomeroy is jailed as a result of dubious business transactions and the distillery goes bankrupt in 1949.

Distillery Capacity

2 400 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Chivas Brothers

Distillery Address

Keith, Banffshire

Distillery Website

www.maltwhiskydistilleries.com

1825

MacDonald Ingram & Co. purchases the distillery.

1830

William Longmore acquires the distillery.

1870

The distillery name changes to Strathisla.

1876

The distillery is badly damaged by fire.

1879

Another accident strikes; a dust explosion in the malt mill.

1880

William Longmore retires and hands operations to his son-in-law John Geddes-Brown. William Longmore & Co. is formed.

1890

The distillery changes name to Milton.

1950

Chivas Brothers buys the run-down distillery at a compulsory auction for £71,000 and starts restoration.

1951

The name reverts to Strathisla.

1965

The number of stills is increased from two to four.

1970

A heavily peated whisky, Craigduff,

2001

The Chivas Group is acquired by Pernod Ricard.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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This is a new edition of the Chivas malt Strathisla 12 year old, a fruity and sherry-rich single malt from Speyside.  More info
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Part of the Distillery Labels series from Gordon and MacPhail, which gives their independently bottled whiskies traditional (and often very cool) labels. Speaking of very cool, this Strathisla single...  More info
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A single malt from the Strathisla distillery, distilled in 1953 and released as part of a range of Gordon and MacPhail-bottled vintages from the distillery.  More info
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Billed under a traditional name, this is a Strathisla 23 year old single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the Scottish independent bottler, WM Cadenhead. A limited release 222 bottles.  More info
$136.86
A Directors' Cut bottling from Strathisla. Aged for a full 21 years before release, just 131 bottles were produced.  More info
$223.89
A 1953 vintage from Gordon & MacPhail at a new bottling strength of 43% abv. This extraordinarily well-aged Speyside single malt is part of the Distillery Label range.  More info
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Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail and distilled in 1957 at the Strathisla distillery, the distillery is known for its rich, fruity style of Speyside whisky.  More info
$711.88
Distilled at Strathisla distillery in June 1991, this single cask whisky was released by Douglas Laing and as part of their Old Malt Cask series. After a maturation period of 21 years in cask 9519 it...  More info
$161.42
A creamy, thick 12 year old single malt from the Speyside distillery, Strathisla.  More info
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$50.10
This was distilled at the Strathisla distillery in Summer 1999. It was then aged for 12 years in a single refill hogshead cask before bottling in Summer 2011. This comes from Douglas Laing's...  More info
$69.47
This is a sixteen year old Strathisla from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. Strathisla is one of the oldest Highland distilleries with a heritage stretching back to 1786 when it was founded under...  More info
$104.39
This Strathisla was distilled in 1969 and was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. Strathisla is one of the oldest distilleries in the Highlands and is a key component in the Chivas Regal Blend.  More info
$329.33
This is 1965 Strathisla bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Strathisla is predominately used in the Chivas Regal blend however the single malt is exceptional if you can find a bottle.  More info
$414.91
This is a 1972 Strathisla bottled by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. Strathisla is one of the oldest distilleries in the Highlands and even has its own waterwheel!  More info
$297.14
Part of a range of Gordon and MacPhail vintages from Strathisla, this was distilled in 1963.  More info
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A first fill sherry hogshead matured 1964 vintage from the Strathisla distillery. This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Nicely smoky, the sherry provides great balance.  More info
$433.01
A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of 25 year old whisky, a great value bottling from the Strathisla distillery.  More info
This was distilled in 1967 at the Strathisla distillery in Speyside. Matured in first fill sherry butts, this is a rich, poised dram which exhibits the Strathisla character beautifully.  More info
$348.09
A 40 year old from the Strathisla distillery, superb value for money, particularly for a malt of this age.  More info
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Bottled in 1997 by Gordon and MacPhail, this was distilled in 1949 at the Strathisla distillery in Speyside, one of the oldest in the Highlands.  More info
$1446.04
It is not often that you find a 1940s vintage single malt Scotch whisky these days, with this one coming from Strathisla distillery, the oldest highland distillery in Scotland. This 75cl bottle from...  More info
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A rare 1948 vintage from the Keith based distillery, Strathisla, bottled for Gordon and MacPhail under their Rare Old Malt range.  More info
A well-aged single malt from the Strathisla distillery, matured in first and refill sherry casks for 30 years before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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Distilled in 1954 at the Strathisla distillery and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Matured in first fill and refill sherry casks, the produces describe this as an "after dinner dram".  More info
$785.24
A complex 1960 vintage from the Strathisla distillery, this was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail having been matured in a first fill sherry butt. This is described by the producers as a "Full-bodied...  More info
$546.47
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