Buy Strathisla OnlineAt the easter most reaches of Speyside, in the distilling town of Keith comes one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland dating from 1786, a uniquely beautiful and traditional “Hansel & Gretal” style building with it’s water-wheel beneath the twin Pagodas.
Strathisla distillery on the river Isla is the showpiece distillery of Chivas Brothers and home of their Chivas Regal blend. It’s easily the oldest in Highlands, in fact it is documented that in the 12th century, Dominican monks brewed beer here, using Fons Bulien’s well, the same soft sweet water source as Strathisla uses today.
One of Keith’s four distilleries, Milltown as it was once known, still has all of it’s original buildings, although obviously some have been added, and still maintains it’s original wooden washbacks, the stillhouse barely big enough to house the four dumpy stills. The victorian era pagodas were added at a later date.
Strathisla was only bought over by Chivas Bros as recently as 1949, after a London financier who owned it was jailed for tax evasion.
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Tasting Notes: Nose: Sweet nose, oaky with some sherry and citrus hints. Taste: Full and dry with pleasant honey hints. Finish: A long pleasurable fi
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