Strathisla Speyside Whisky Distillery
This fine whisky distillery was founded in 1786 making it oldest legal distillery in Speyside and what a beautiful example of a whisky distillery it is. Founded by George Taylor and Alexander Milne there was previously an illicit distillery (like most whisky distilleries) before it called Miltown as it was near Miltown Castle. The whisky produced was called Strahisla-Glenlivit as it was trying to cash in on the success of Glenlivit whisky at the time. A William Longmorne took over in 1828 and quickly set about upgrading production by installing larger stills. A fire destroyed most of the distillery in 1876 and the distillery was rebuilt as we can see it today with a twin pagoda roof which became very popular in subsequent years. The distillery also changed its name at this point to Strathisla from Strahisla-Glenlivit.
As well as being one the oldest distilleries in Scotland it was also one of the 1st to market single malt scotch whisky and to become a limited company. Strathisla is now owned by Chivas Brothers who use the distillery for research and development as well as contributing to their range of blended whiskies. A great place to visit where the folks at Strathisla will show you the production methods and allow you to sample the water of life in their fine ‘Dram room’.
Taste: There is a 35 year old single malt scotch whisky to die for which has complex taste of fruitcake, malt and oaky flavours, met on your palate wonderful but you will pay for it.