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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.

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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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A Directors' Cut bottling from Strathisla. Aged for a full 21 years before release, just 131 bottles were produced.  More info
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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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Distilled at the Strathisla distillery on the 8th May 1968, this was aged for 42 years before bottling on the 1st February 2011. A single cask release of 162 bottles.  More info
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
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