We have the Victorian whisky boom to thank for the easy-drinking Strathmill whisky – and of course the plentiful waters of the river Isla, which flows past this delightful distillery and through the town of Keith. Originally built as a corn mill in 1823, it was converted into a distillery then known as Glenisla-Glenlivet in 1891 during the Victorian whisky boom. W.A. Gilbey & Son acquired the building in 1895 and gave it the name Strathmill – probably because parts of the old mill remained intact. Strathmill has been almost hidden from view, sitting as it does on a bend of the Isla river, from where it takes its cooling water. The whisky it produces has some of Speyside’s classic characteristics, added to which you’ll find a chocolately, creamy note not often seen in its contemporaries. Light and creamy, Strathmill has been in production since it was founded in the late 19th century, so they know a few things about producing Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Though mainly used to add balance and body to blends, Strahmill’s light, sweet and nutty spirit is fortunately available to be enjoyed in its own right.