This evening, my focus is Speyside whisky distilling and in particular Strathisla in the town of Keith.
Although now forming part of a portfolio of whisky distilleries owned by international drinks group Pernod Ricard, Strathisla has a long history stretching back to its founding as Milltown Distillery in 1786 by George Taylor and Alexander Milne. From an aesthetic perspective, Strathisla is often ranked as the prettiest distillery in Scotland. Water for whisky making comes from the adjacent Fons Bulliens Well whilst the river Isla (hence Strathisla) produces the bulk supply needed for condensing.
Nearby (and in same ownership) is a mothballed distillery named Glen Keith which is to be brought back into production within the next 2 years.
Strathisla is a key constituent of the top selling luxury blend, Chivas Regal. As a single malt Strathisla is best known for the 12 year old.
This distillery provides a good quality tour and is one a shall visit again in course of Speyside tours.
Elsewhere today, I have been very busy with new tour enquiries including:
- Large group whisky tour of Speyside.
- Mackintosh themed architecture tour of Glasgow.
- Private, small group tour for summer 2011.
- Ancestry themed tour of Scotland.
- Tour of Aberdeen