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The Strathisla distillery is located in Keith—known as Banffshire prior to 1975—in the heart of Speyside roughly 60 miles from Aberdeen. Its twin pagoda roofs fit perfectly in the small, Scottish township.
The Strathisla distillery began life as the Milltown Distillery in 1786. Operating for over 230 years, what we now know as Strathisla has changed hands many times.
It has also endured its share of calamity: a devastating fire in 1876, a malt mill explosion in 1879, and an owner imprisoned for fraud in the 1940s, among others. Strathisla continues to operate today in spite of it all as part of the Pernod portfolio.
Strathisla operates four steam heated stills, two of which weren't converted until the early 90's. Worthy of note amongst the various distillery equipment, are ten Oregon Pine washbacks.
The make isn't filled to casks on site. Rather, it's transported via pipes to a neighboring distillery, Glen Keith, one of three major single malt producers in the town.