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1991 Berrys' Own Selection Strathmill, Speyside, Single Malt Whisky, 46.0%
The Strathmill distillery has been founded as a result of the convertion of an old corn mill, during the whisky-boom in 1891 under the name Glenisla-Glenlivet Distillery. It has been taken over in 1894 by the W&A Gilbey company (who were also owners of Glen Spey and Knockando) and subsequently acquired by Diageo.
For years, it has been a core ingredient in the Dunhill/Old Master blends. The production is not marketed as single malt, and therefore the only available bottlings are those of independent bottlers. The house style of Strathmill has been described as the whisky's answer to orange Muscat (Michael Jackson- Malt Whisky Companion)
To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.
Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.
Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.
The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’.
Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.