ABOUT THE WHISKY
One of the three distilleries based in the Moray town of Keith - at the very heart of 'Malt Whisky Country' - Strathmill derives its name from the Gaelic word 'Strath' meaning shallow valley and 'Mill' relating to its former use. Thanks to the river Isla, Keith has a long history of milling both for meal and weaving (the town itself has a kilt museum); and two of these old mill sites have since been converted to distilleries - Strathmill being one and Glen Keith the other. Founded in 1891 as the Glenisla-Glenlivet distillery (and indeed that was the original name given to the whisky) Single Malt Scotch from Strathmill is rare, just one official bottling and only a small number of independent releases. The reason for this is that Strathmill has long since produced whisky for blending and is notably a major component of J&B.
With a distinctively delicate yet indulgent character that is due, in part, to the addition of purifiers on the lyre arms and condensers of the stills the whisky writer Michael Jackson (not that one..) described the house style as 'The whisky worlds answer to Orange Muscat. With dessert...'
The nose has earthy notes with hints of fruit and chocolate. On the palate you'll find a delightful combination of sweetness and nuttiness, with luscious notes of dried figs, prunes and the satisfying crunch of hazelnuts. A lightly spiced finish with hints of chocolate pushing through
At one point the distillery featured a whisky 'fountain' where whisky was piped straight from the stills into an open container. Regrettably this feature is no longer present at the distillery...