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Strathisla Single Malt ScotchWhisky
Seafield Avenue Keith
Aberdeenshire AB55 3BS Scotland
Tel: +44 (0) 1542 783 044 / Fax: +44 (0)1542 783 039
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Strathisla 12 Year Pure  Highland Malt Scotch WhiskyThe Strathisla Distillery's origins date back to 1786, when two local entrepreneurs set up a small distilling business close to Milton Castle. The demand for the whisky continued to grow after its purchase in 1828 by William Longmore, one of Keith's greatest benefactors. Strathisla is the Scottish Highlands’ oldest working distillery.

The Distillery is located on the banks of the River Isla in Keith, the centre of the whisky distilling industry for over two centuries, renowned for its "holy wells" and natural springs, on the edge of Moray and Banffshire’s fertile barley-growing regions.

Although Strathisla has changed ownership over the years, it has retained its traditional character, continuing to command a loyal and enthusiastic following of its "Strathisla Old Highland Malt Whisky." It is currently owned by Groupe Pernod Ricard.

Strathisla Stills / Photo Courtesy of Strathisla Distillery
Strathisla Stills

Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky has a long-established reputation as a distinguished dram, prized by the industry as the ‘connoisseur’s best kept secret’. For over two centuries it has been sold as a single malt Scotch whisky. It was acclaimed from an early stage, being awarded an Honourable Mention for Old Highland Malt Whisky in 1886, at the Edinburgh International. Its distinctive mellow, honeyed flavour is at the heart of the blend in the world-famous Chivas Regal premium Scotch whisky.

Strathisla's key market is Scotland and its product range is the Strathisla Old Highland Malt Whisky 12 Year Old. Independent bottlings are availble.

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Strathisla Pure Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
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Nose: Fragrant with citrus (orange peel), flowers (freesia), spice, and a hint of cream-filled choux pastry. Juicy! Water pulls out more weighty malty notes.

Palate: Lovely mid-weight malt that's softer than the nose initially suggests. Great momentum in the mouth with cranachan, soft baked fruits, fruit cake, syrup, apricot and malt. It dances on the tongue.

Finish: Bursts into life.

Comment: Charming, subtle and gorgeous.

Tasting Notes by Dave Broom


Strathisla 25 Year Pure Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
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Without Water
Nose: Sherry-wood, hints of treacle and liquorice, some earthy charred oak notes.

Palate: Rich sherry wood character. Mulled fruits and Christmas pudding. Hints of rum and raisin toffees.

With Water Nose: A more floral character develops - lavender and pot pourri. The sherry wood and fruit elements slowly develop along with a sweet fudge note.

Palate: Sherry wood with an earthy, spicy element. Hints of menthol and eucalyptus. A subtle smoky note.

Body: Rich.

Finish: Charred oak with floral elements.

Whisky Style: Strong sherry character, interlaced with spices.

Tastings Notes by Gordon & MacPhail

Strathisla Whisky Distillery
Strathisla Distillery Photo Courtesy of Strathisla

The Strathisla Distillery was restored to its former glory after it was purchased in 1950 by Chivas Brothers, becoming "The Home and Heart of Chivas Regal", the jewel in the crown of Chivas Brothers’ family of malt whisky distilleries. The Strathisla Distillery is now known as Scotland’s most attractive distillery, offering visitors a unique, self-guided tour of the buildings, to witness every stage of whisky-making. It is also the most photographed single malt distillery.

Distillery Tour
Welcome dram of Chivas Regal 12 Year Old
Introductory video in the Isla Room
In-depth guided distillery tour
View traditional bonded warehouse
Enjoy a dram of Strathisla 12 Year Old
Shop offers a wide range of whiskies and gifts
Personalised Label service for Chivas Regal 12 and 18 bottle purchases
Admission £5 (under 18s free)

Opening Times

SUMMER 29th March to 29th Oct 2010

Mon to Sat 09.30 – 16.00
Sun 12.00 – 16.00

WINTER 1st Nov to 17th Dec 2010

Shop only Mon to Fri
09.30–12.30 & 13.30–16.00

The Ultimate Chivas Experience
Saturday 12:00 noon to 15:00 - This exclusive tutored tasting takes place in the private oak-panelled boardroom at Strathisla and show-cases Chivas Brothers most prestigious premium blended whiskies. The Art of the Master Blender comes to life when you are taken through the range that includes Chivas Regal 18 and 25 years old, Royal Salute 21 year old and the ultra premium, 100 Cask Selection. An experience not to be missed.

Straight From The Cask
Sunday 12:00 noon to 15:00 - This in-depth tour of one of Scotland's oldest distilleries takes you on a journey from spirit to cask, and culminates with the unique experience of sampling five of Chivas Brothers Cask Strength Edition single malt whiskies. A fascinating journey of some of the finest malt whisky names from Speyside!. This is the only tour in Scotland offering all cask strength whisky!

Cost of each individual tour: £25
pre-booking essential due to limited availability. (over 18s only)

Location / Getting There
Just off A96 in the centre of Keith, approximately 300 metres from Keith train station. Keith is on the main trunk A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road. The distillery lies in Seafield Avenue, directly off the main road. It is a few minutes from the bus route and the Keith Station.

Parking / Reception
Car park is tight and sloping, accross the road from the distillery. The Reception is elegant and here you learn that the tour is self-service, with help from the staff and a guide book. Next to reception is the Isla room wher you can sink into plush furnishings and enjoy coffee and shortbread while you master the guide book.

Contact Us
Strathisla Distillery
Seafield Avenue Keith
Aberdeenshire AB55 3BS Scotland
Tel: +44 (0) 1542 783 044
Fax: +44 (0)1542 783 039
E-mail: The Strathisla Distillery

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