Strathisla distillery

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Strathisla Distillery
Region: Speyside
Location Keith, Moray
Owner Chivas Brothers
Founded 1786
Status Operational
Water source The Broomhill Spring.
No. of stills 2 wash stills
2 spirit stills
Capacity 2,400,000 Litres per annum
Type Single malt
Age(s) 12 Years, 14 Years, 19 Years, 25 Years
Cask type(s) American White Oak, Ex-Bourbon Casks (Main)
ABV 40% - 43%

Strathisla distillery is the oldest continuously operating distillery in Scotland. It was founded as the Milltown Distillery by George Taylor and Alexander Milne in 1786 as an alternative to the waning of flax dressing industry. They leased the land from the Earl of Seafield.

By 1830, the distillery was owned by William Longmore, later William Longmore Ltd. In 1879, the distillery suffered terribly from a fire, but was rebuilt with a bottling plant. Bought in 1940 by Jay Pomeroy, a fraudulent financier, it was later acquired in 1950 by James Barclay of Chivas Bros.[1]



  1. ^ MacLean, Charles (2013). Malt Whisky: The Complete Guide. Lomond Books. p. 158. ISBN 1842043420. 


  • McBai, C (1986). Strathisla: 200 Years of Distilling Tradition. Keith: Strathisla Distillery. ISBN 1870125002. 

Coordinates: 57°32′47″N 2°57′15″W / 57.54649°N 2.95427°W / 57.54649; -2.95427