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On the site of an old mill in Keith, one of the main whisky-producing towns in Speyside, sits the quaint wee distillery of Strathmill. It’s fairly tucked away and you probably wouldn’t see it if you didn’t know it was there. Even if you do, you will need to pass through the old Strathisla cooperage – today no longer used, and a graveyard for casks that once were. It’s well worth the jaunt, however.
Strathmill is one of a handful in Scotland that plays in the green/oily category of spirit, much like its colleague Glenlossie. Purifiers are used within the stills at the distillery, creating the distinct character frequently observed.
The conversion from mill to distillery in 1891 was likely influenced by the whisky boom of the late nineteenth century. What’s clear is that creation of single malt for blending was on the agenda from the outset here. In fact, still today single malt from Strathmill will most likely end up in a blend, making the malt particularly difficult to pick up.
What a treat if you can find one, though! You can expect light, delicate fruity aromas and flavors, all delivered in a wonderfully oily texture. Mouth-coating stuff.
A vatting of two refill sherry butts and one refill bourbon hogshead from the 1992 vintage, distilled at the Strathmill distillery.
24 Year Old
waxy & oily
refill bourbon hogshead + refill sherry butts
43% abv / 750ml
light, oily, dried banana, sweet grain, ginger spice, caraway
Speyside single malts are single malt Scotch whiskies, distilled in Strathspey, the area around the River Spey in Moray and Badenoch and Strathspey, in northeastern Scotland. Although generalized, known as a region that produces delicate and fruity whisky, many styles are produced here. Almost half of Scotland's distilleries are situated here, on the banks of the United Kingdom's fastest flowing river.