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Strathisla Distillery

Overview

Strathisla Distillery is the oldest working distillery in the Highlands and arguably one of the most attractive.  We especially like Strathisla as the building has lots of old world charm and there is a strong sense of tradition.

The Distillery tour has been revamped for 2020 and starts with a "Highball Cocktail" that you can drink whilst the history and production process at Strathisla is explained. You are then take into the production areas which are housed within some very old buildings with low wooden beams. As you go round the distillery you are invited to taste the "wash" and have a sniff of the new spirit coming off the still. At the end of the tour, you can test your taste buds with a blind tasting in the distillery's "Blending Room".

Production takes place 7 days a week so you should get the sights and sounds of the distillery in operation.

Visitors are also shown the warehouses and the secure area where the Royal Family's casks are held. A bottle of the Queen's 60-year-old "Coronation" Cask is valued at over £6,000+ per bottle!!!

In keeping with the age of the distillery, the visitor centre has retained a strong sense of tradition and has not opted for the modern look that you will find in some other Speyside distilleries. If you can only visit one distillery in Speyside then this is the one that we would recommend.

Strathisla distillery is located centrally in the town of Keith and can be found by following the A96 through the town. The distillery is on a side road which is clearly signposted.

Please Note: Persons under 18 yrs old are not permitted into the production areas for safety reasons.

£20 Distillery Tours at 10:30, ,13:30, 16:00 and last ~75 minutes . Spaces are limited so please pre-book via the Strathisla website.

£40 Chivas Cellar Tastings take place at 12:15, 15:15 and last ~45 mins.

£60 Chivas Blending Experience takes place at 11:00, 14:00 and last ~2 hours 15 mins.

No Photography allowed in the production areas.

Address:

Strathisla Distillery, Keith, Banffshire AB55 3BS Tel: 01542 783044

Operated by:

Chivas Bros.

Opening Hours:

From 2nd Monday in January – 23 December: Mon - Sun 9:30am – 6pm, (Please note that on 2nd Wednesday of each month the Distillery opens at 10am) "Traditional" Distillery Tours run from April - end October at 10:30, 13:30, 16:00 . Spaces are limited so please pre-book via the Strathisla website.

Admission:

"Traditional " 75 minute Distillery Tour: Adults £15, Free for under 18’s, but they can only access the visitor centre and exhibition and are not allowed in production areas. More expensive tours with extended tasting sessions are also on offer with prices ranging from £40 for a Chivas Cellar tasting session to £60 for a Chivas Blending Experience. Places should be pre-booked. To book a tour you should contact the distillery on +44 1542 783044, or Book online via the distillery website.

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

Leaflets available in German, French & Spanish.

Accessibility:

Distillery tours are not feasible as this is an old building with many stairs.

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

No, but there is a nice cafe nearby called Boogie Woogie. It is at the junction of the B9014 and A96.

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