Strathmill Speyside Whisky Distillery
Strathmill was originally established in 1891 in the Speyside town of Keith as the Glenisla-Glenlivet distillery, there was a fashion at the time to add Glenlivet to every name as the whisky from Glenlivet was so popular. The word Strath comes from the Gaelic meaning ‘shallow valley’ which indicates where Keith is situated. The building is a converted Mill as you may have worked out from the name but was not given the name until 4 years after it was taken over by new owners W & A Gilbey who also owned Knockando distillery for many years. They held onto Strathmill for over 50 years until a merger with United Vinters and Justin & Brooks created the International Distillers & Vinters group in 1962. Investment followed with the number of stills at Strathmill being doubled in1968. As with most distilleries a number of take overs and mergers followed and Strathmill was owned by Grand Metropolitan, Watney Mann, Guinness and now Diageo.
One of Diageo’s workhorse distilleries few official single malt scotch whisky releases were around until 1992 when to mark Strathmill’s 100th birthday a cask strength version was released. The distillery still maintains 5 traditional dunnage warehouses and 2 more modern warehouses. Most whisky from Strathmill goes into J & B but is also used in Dunhill & Old Master blended whisky.
Taste: As Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky is rare a tasting was hard to find however a Signatory Vintage 14 year old bottling is reportedly fresh on the nose with fruity and citrusy on the palate before a short wood finish.