This creamy, elegant and smooth single malt is the brilliant Strathisla distilled in 2006 and bottled by Gordon & Macphail as part of their Distillery Labels range. The 12 year old Strithisla bottled by the distillery has been discontinued so this bottling here is a great opportunity to sample this superb Speyside single malt.
Strathisla is a Speyside distillery located in Keith, Moray. Its distilling license was granted in 1786 and this makes it Scotland's oldest licensed distillery. The site was used as a brewery by the local monks and when operations shifted to distilling the distillery became known as Milton. That name would only be changed back to 'Strathisla' in 1951.
The distillery rose to prominence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Like most distilleries in Scotland, Strathisla faced difficult times during WWI and the 1920's due to the prohibition in the US. Recovery was slow and by the 1940's it faced financial ruin. The distillery was bought by the Chivas Brothers Co. in 1950. Under the ownership of Chivas Bros. Strathisla whisky rose to prominence once again as an important component of the Chivas Regal blend.
The style of Strathisla is light and delicate. It is a whisky that takes time to mature and develop its full complexity.