Single malt whisky from the Strathmill distillery in Keith is quite rare, with spirit from the facility having been predominantly used for blending purposes. The only official bottle available is the 12 year old expression released as part of the Flora & Fauna range in 2001.
That scarcity of the single malt accurately represents the history of Strathmill, which has existed without incident for the majority of its lifetime. It was founded in 1891, when it was converted from an old flour mill which had been in place since 1823, and was originally known as Glenlisa-Glenlivet. The practice of applying Glenlivet as a suffix was common around this time, due to the popularity of the spirit from the Glenlivet distillery (at one time, as many as 28 distilleries used the Glenlivet suffix). The name Strathmill, meaning ‘the mill in the long valley’ was adopted in 1895 when W & A Gilbey bought over the distillery.
These days, the distillery has an annual production capacity of around 1.8 million litres – most of which is used for various Diageo blended whiskies, most notably J&B. There are occasional bottles available from the distillery through independent bottlers such as Cadenhead’s and Douglas Laing.