Strathisla distillery

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Strathisla Distillery
Region: Speyside
LocationKeith, Moray
OwnerChivas Brothers
Water sourceThe Broomhill Spring.
No. of stills2 wash stills
2 spirit stills
Capacity2,400,000 Litres per annum
TypeSingle malt
Age(s)12 Years, 14 Years, 19 Years, 25 Years
Cask type(s)American White Oak, Ex-Bourbon Casks (Main)
ABV40% - 43%

Strathisla distillery is the oldest operating distillery in the Scottish Highlands.[1] 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.[2]



  1. ^ Explore the Chivas Story. Chivas Retrieved 18 February 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ MacLean, Charles (2013). Malt Whisky: The Complete Guide. Lomond Books. p. 158. ISBN 978-1842043424.


  • McBai, C (1986). Strathisla: 200 Years of Distilling Tradition. Keith: Strathisla Distillery. ISBN 978-1870125000.

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