Strathmill 12 year old Flora & Fauna
Strathmill 12 Flora and Fauna is a light-bodied whisky that is aged for 12 years in ex-bourbon casks, giving it a smooth and mellow flavor profile. On the nose, it offers notes of honey, vanilla, and fresh fruit, while on the palate, it has flavors of apples, pears, and a hint of oak.
The Flora and Fauna series is a range of whiskies released by Diageo, featuring single malts from lesser-known distilleries, each with a label depicting the local flora and fauna of the area. In terms of the flora and fauna depicted on the label, Strathmill 12 Flora and Fauna features a painting of a red squirrel.
Strathmill is a Speyside distillery located in Keith, Moray. The distillery itself started operations in 1891. It was built on the site of an 1823 grain mill. Along with it some 30 other distilleries were built in the area during the 'whisky boom'. When the distillery was built it was called Glenisla after the nearby river of the same name. The distillery remained in the hands of the original owners for just a couple of years after its inauguration, it was sold in 1895 to W&A Gilbey, the forefathers of the acclaimed J&B blend.
Under the ownership of W&A Gilbey, the name of the distillery was changed from Glenisla-Glenlivet to its current name: Strathmill. The name was chosen given the location of the distillery in a shallow valley ('Strath' in Galic) and to commemorate the buildings' former use as a mill. To this day blenders use the vast majority of the whisky produced by Strathmill distillery. This has meant that, even after many mergers and acquisitions, the companies that owned and managed this distillery have always kept it running. Today the distillery is part of the Diageo portfolio.
The style of whisky produced by Strathmill is fragrant and delicate with an olive oil-like texture. No wonder blenders praise it as a top blending ingredient.