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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



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


Distillery Owner

Chivas Brothers

Distillery Address

Keith, Banffshire

Distillery Website


MacDonald Ingram & Co. purchases the distillery.


William Longmore acquires the distillery.


The distillery name changes to Strathisla.


The distillery is badly damaged by fire.


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


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


The distillery changes name to Milton.


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


The name reverts to Strathisla.


The number of stills is increased from two to four.


A heavily peated whisky, Craigduff,


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 45 year old Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Tantalus range by Duncan Taylor. It was distilled in 1968 and matured in cask #3357 for over four decades, before...  More info
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
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 cheeky little single cask Strathisla from Malt of The Earth - one of their first bottlings. Distilled in 2005, 418 bottles were produced at 46% in 2014 after 9 years in a refill hogshead. It will...  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
Cask strength Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Chivas Brothers Cask Strength range. This Speysider was distilled in January 1995 and left to mature for 19 years until August 2014...  More info
A 1967 Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the wonderful Gordon & MacPhail. This was bottled in 2015, presented with a delightfully retro label, which is rather apt considering the whisky...  More info
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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Strathisla is one of the oldest operating distilleries and is a key component in the Chivas Regal blend. This 1970 vintage Strathisla was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail of Elgin as part of their...  More info
From the Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Ultra, unveiled in autumn 2014, comes an extremely well-aged Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled all the way back in 1957! It spent...  More info
The Strathisla distillery craft a rich, sherried single malt, and this is no exception. Distilled in 1948 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
A rare 1948 vintage from the Keith based distillery, Strathisla, bottled for Gordon and MacPhail under their Rare Old Malt range.  More info
Part of a range of Gordon and MacPhail vintages from Strathisla, this was distilled in 1963.  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
From the Douglas Laing Provenance range. This was distilled in the Winter of 1995 at the Strathisla distillery and it was aged for 11 years before bottling in the Winter of 2006.  More info
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
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
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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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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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
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
Distilled in 1997 at Strathisla before bottling in 2009 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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
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
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