Strathisla Distillery

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The Strathisla Distillery is situated in the Town of Keith, 49 miles northeast of Aviemore, 49 miles northwest of Aberdeen.

The Distillery is open for visits and tours 1 Mar - 31 Oct, 09.30 - 18.00. Postcode: AB55 5BS.

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The Image top is of the Strathisla Distillery, famous for producing Strathisla Single Malt, 8 to 65 years old, matured in ex-Bourbon Barrels, from £30 to £12,000 per bottle. They also produce Chivas Regal Blended Whisky.

A top of the line Whisky is Royal Salute, up to 50 years old, from only a few selected casks, so fairly rare.

The second image is of the entrance to the Shop and Bar where you can buy a Bottle, Souvenir, or sample some Whisky.

Strathisla Whisky Range.

List of all Whisky Distillers in Scotland that can be visited.

Strathisla Distillery History

1786 - this Distillery was founded by two local men close to the ruins of Milton Castle, with the original name being the Milton Distillery, using water from the nearby Broomhill Spring.

They produced Malt Whisky under the name Strathisla, the oldest working Distillery in the Highlands.

The Distillery was built up by selling Casks of Whisky to Bars, Merchants, Grocers, and Private Households around the North-East of Scotland.

1801 - Strathisla began selling some of their Whisky to the Chivas Brothers of Aberdeen, a Grocers that used Strathisla Whisky in their Blends, with their top Blend being Chivas Regal 18 to 25 years old.

Some other Grocers also became famous for their Blends, such as Johnnie Walker from Kilmarnock.

Most Blended Whisky is made from a Blend of Malt Whisky and the less expensive Grain Whisky. Exactly what percentages are unknown, but the ones that got it right, made their fortunes.

Some Distilleries allow you to create your own Blend, by mixing different Malts with Grain, till you find the ideal Blend for yourself.

1828 - the Distillery was bought by a local Merchant named William Longmore.

1940s - during the Second World War, this Distillery was taken over by a Company from London, who sold off most of the stock, then left the Distillery to fall into disrepair.

This Company was placed into the hands of the Receivers after an investigation by the Inland Revenue for un-paid taxes.

1950 - Chivas Brothers bought the Distillery for £71.000, then spent much more restoring it to its former glory. Chivas Brothers then changed the Distillery name to Strathisla.

Chivas Regal became a top name around the World, with the American singer/actor Frank Sinatra being their most famous customer.

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