Strathisla Distillery is one of those beautiful, iconic buildings in Moray that most of us have never been into. On a quick drive past, you’ll notice the beauty of its twin pagodas and well-kept grounds but with current ownership under Chivas Brothers (Pernod Ricard) and over 14,000 international visitors every year, what connection does this distillery now have with someone from the area?
Wonder no more; here is the final – and most important? – reason for us to be proud of the heritage and the present existence of the wonderful Strathisla Distillery.
The Single Malt
In the end, it all comes down to Scotch Whisky, otherwise known as the water of life. Since most of the Strathisla Single Malt is blended, there are only currently a few Strathisla Single Malt editions available from the distillery: the standard Strathisla 12 Year Old and various other Cask Strength Editions – at the time of visiting this was a 14 Year Old to fill and label yourself, a 19 Year Old and a limited edition 25 Year Old Cask Strength, of which there have only been 318 bottles released. If there is one thing I have learned from drinking Strathisla, this is a whisky which matures beautifully. Boa Anderssen, Strathisla Visitor Centre Supervisor, adds that this is mainly due to the wide-necked still-shape and distillation procedure.
Strathisla is a Speyside whisky matured in a Bourbon cask; it has a beautiful golden colour; sweet, fruity and hay-like aromas; a fullbodied, nutty flavour and a beautiful soft and warm finish. What’s not to like?
In terms of food pairing, Boa recommends a flavoursome, fatty fish such as rainbow trout, topped with roasted almonds and served with a tangy sauce – and your dram of Strathisla 12 Year Old on the side.
And with chocolate? Lyndsey Gray from The Quaich Bar, Craigellachie, chooses a high quality, organic milk chocolate with either butterscotch or raisins & hazelnuts to pair with her dram of Strathisla.
So, there you have it. Five reasons for all of us to be proud of Strathisla Distillery.
Contact us if you’re interested in touring the area and visiting the distillery!