Strathmill distillery as the name suggests was developed on the site of a mill, actually a corn mill which was built in 1823 with the conversion to a distillery coming in 1891, although the name Strathmill wasn't used then as the distillery was originally called Glenisla-Glenlivet.

W&A Gilbey (known for their gin) bought the distillery in 1895 and changed the name to Strathmill.

In 1962 W&A Gilbey merged with United Wine Traders to form International Distillers & Vintners (IDV) which was a predecessor to Diageo.


A new pair of stills were added in 1968 and at the same time the spirit stills were fitted with purifiers in order to produce a lighter style of spirit.

Watney Mann bought IDV in 1972 and in the same year merged with Grand Metropolitan Hotels and the new owners put Justerini & Brooks in charge of Strathmill.

Diageo are still the owners today.


Distillery photo by kind permission of Teun Van Wel


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Original Distillery Bottlings (OB)


General whisky characteristics: Faint nose, stronger palate with fruity finish



Strathmill, Flora & Fauna, 12y, 43% ABV

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Glass: Spiegelau

Colour: Light gold

Nose: Faint and slow to develop. When it does develop it's almost like a bowl of nuts in a light sea-breeze.

Palate: Interesting; liquorice and oak with hints of aniseed and ending with something fruity (raspberry?)

Finish: Medium, dry and fruity.

Overall Impression: The palate offers far more than the quite faint nose. I especially like the finish, albeit a little short.




Strathmill, Managers Choice, distilled 1996, 60.1% ABV

American Oak - New Wood, one of 300 bottles

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Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Light yellow, pale gold

Nose: Fresh and not very penetrating with some oak, vanilla, even a hint of custard and almost a faint smokiness.

Palate: Smooth and rich, creamy fruit but it does need some water.

With 4 drops of water: Much spicier and lots more vanilla.

With a further 5 drops of water: A little more wood and less vanilla. Very spicy right on the front of the palate.

With 5 more drops of water: Tingling vanilla sauce on a fruit cocktail.

Finish: Very long and even longer with water. Also fruity and creamy.

Overall Impression: A very spicy dram getting more so with the water it really needs. Good, but not a favourite.





Independent Bottlings (IB)



Archives, Strathmill, 6.1974 - 6.2011, 44.5% ABV

Inaugural Release, Bourbon Hogshead, Cask No.1231, one of 180 bottles

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Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Solid gold

Nose: Initially fruity woody vanilla and then I'm reminded of a toasted teacake oozing with butter. Then comes even more vanilla accompanied by light butterscotch. This is very aromatic.

Palate: Slightly musty and leafy vanilla & butterscotch, all nicely balanced even if not overly complex.

Finish: Medium to long, very gentle and soothing.

Overall Impression: I like this, very nice indeed with a good but light character. An 'anytime' dram.








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