Strathmill 12 year old Flora & Fauna
Strathmill 12 year old is a superb single malt release as a part of the Flora & Fauna range. This deep amber coloured whisky has a delicate rounded body with a deliciously creamy flavour, a rather dry finish and a chocolaty aftermath. As there are not to many whiskies from Strathmill distillery available on the market, this is a little gem.
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.