Strathisla Distillery was established in 1786 on the banks of the river Isla, making it the oldest continually operating distillery on The Malt Whisky Trail. Today, it is also considered to be one of the most picturesque distilleries in Scotland.
Chivas Brothers purchased Strathisla in 1950 to safeguard this special Speyside malt as it is Strathisla that makes up the rich, smooth heart of Chivas Regal blended Scotch whisky. And why today, Strathisla is known as the home of Chivas.
With its short, small copper stills and natural spring water, Strathisla produces a full-bodied single malt Scotch whisky. As described by Colin Scott, “This classic Speyside malt has a deep fruitiness with a complex array of nutty and hay-like flavours.”
At Strathisla Distillery feel closer to the true spirit of our rich, smooth, Chivas Regal blends and the classic Speyside malt at their heart.
As a whisky enthusiast, or a newcomer, your time at Strathisla will be a sensory experience, both memorable and informative.
Spend some time in expert, yet informal company, discovering the array of flavours, and the rare skills needed for blending them. Then have a go at creating your own blend in the fantastic Blending Room.
Learn how prestigious whiskies are created from simple, natural ingredients. Discover some rare gems in our Distillery Reserve Collection Tasting – the first ever Strathisla range tasting. Share the many subtleties of each one as you ‘nose’ and then taste them with the guidance of friendly hosts.
Types of Tour
Due to COVID-19 currently only the tasting and blending experiences are available.
Chivas: The Blend
Create your whisky blend with the Chivas Blending Experience. Explore the Strathisla Distillery and discover how the single malt at the heart of Chivas Regal whiskies is made before tasting a few of our favourite drams and mixing your very own blended Scotch whisky.
13.00 Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Discover the Distillery Reserve Collection
Discover everything there is to know about Strathisla Distillery and whisky, then sample five of our very own Limited Edition Cask Strength Single malts, exclusively selected from the Distillery Reserve Collection. Ideal for whisky aficionados or keen whisky novices.
15.00 Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Chivas Regal Cellar Tasting
Enjoy luxurious whisky drams drawn straight from the casks in our exclusive Chivas Regal Cellar. All drams are at natural cask strength and include a Bourbon barrel of Chivas Regal 12YO, a hogshead of Chivas Regal 18YO, a sherry butt of Chivas Regal 25YO and a single sherry butt containing Strathisla 25YO.
Traditional Distillery Tour
The perfect introduction to whisky making. Join a tasting of four whiskies and learn about the complex relationship between our single malt and our world-famous Chivas Regal blends. Your guide will explain the distillation process from start to finish and give you a behind-the-scenes look at our production methods.
Currently not available.
A Fly Dram
If you’re short on time, visit Strathisla Distillery for ‘a fly dram’. Scottish for a quick cup of tea, which is taken as a refresher between meals, our passionate bar keeper will take 10 minutes to talk you through 3 intricate drams: Strathclyde Single Grain, Strathisla 12YO Single Malt and Chivas Regal 18YO.
Currently not available.
Strathisla is not currently offering tours due to COVID, but tasting and blending experiences are available from the Distillery Shop.
Originally established in 1786, Strathisla is the oldest working distillery in the Scottish Highlands, located in the Speyside region of Scotland.
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