Strathmill Distillery has been a main malt supplier for the J&B brand since the 1960s. That certainly explains why the official releases of Strathmill single malt have been so scarce.
Flora & Fauna range was introduced by United Distillers (predecessor of Diageo) in the early 1990s. It contained whiskies from lesser-known distilleries, contributing to the company vast blended whisky portfolio. Strathmill was added to the range in 2001 following the merger of UD and Grand Metropolitan and creation of Diageo. The labels of the series depict representative of flora and fauna popular on the distillery site, in case of Strathmill it is a Red Wagtail.
Nose: malty and nutty, cornflakes, vanilla, honey, apples, pears, bananas, walnuts, hints of hay and oak.
Palate: smooth and sweet, vanilla, caramel, buttered toast, nutella, candied orange peel, hints of cocoa and just a touch of pepper.
Finish: medium long and sweet, vanilla, milk chocolate, apples and grapes.