Strathisla Distillery was founded in 1786 by Alexander Milne and George Taylor, which makes it the oldest distillery in Speyside. Although the illicit distillery was built in the valley (strath) by the river Isla, it was not initially named Strathisla but instead went under the name of Milltown because of its proximity to Miltown Castle. The whisky produced was however called Strahisla-Glenlivet. The distillery was sold to William Longmorne in 1828. Longmorne successfully ran the distillery for many years and greatly expanded the capacity by replacing the original 500 litre stills with two stills holding 10.000 and 20.000 litres each. In the mid-1880s much of the distillery was lost to a fire and was replaced with the beautiful buildings we see today. The distillery changed names between Strathisla and Milton or Milltown a few times in the late 19th century, but ended up being called Milton (or Milltown) until 1950 when it was sold to Chivas Brothers who renamed it Strathisla. In 1965 the number if stills were expanded from two to four. Chivas Brothers (Pernod Ricard) are the current owners.
700 ml, 43.0% abv, Scotland (Speyside)Released as part of the Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels, this is a 2005 vintage Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, matured in first-fill sherry hogsheads, bottled in 2016.
"A medium long, sweet and slightly drying finish with aromas of pepper, chili pepper, acacia honey, creamy vanilla, lemon zest, malt, subtle tannins, hint of brazil nuts, apple, hint of orange zest and creamy oak"
700 ml, 49.6% abv, Scotland (Speyside)Craigduff, 40 year old, 1973 vintage, single cask No 2516. Bottled in 2013 by Signatory Vintage for their Cask Strength range. 616 bottles produced, natural colour. This whisky could be described as double-peated, as peated malt was used in production, but also some of the water used was peated water made in Stornaway and run through the still to concentrate its peatiness. Craigduff is not a distillery. The whisky was an experimental peated single malt produced for Chivas Brothers in the 1970s, but not distillery released as a single malt.
It is believed to have been distilled at the Strathisla distillery. “Craigduff was made at the Strathisla Distillery and was made with heavily peated malt” (Hugh Thompson, retired distillery manager at Glen Keith & Strathisla) however Signatory have muddied the waters by declaring that it was distilled at the Glen Keith distillery nearby, this has since been denied by Chivas.