The name is said to mean “the Mill in the long valley” and the Pied Wagtail (a familiar sight in the Distillery yard at Strathmill in Speyside and on the banks of the nearby River Isla) has been the symbol for the distillery since they started distilling in 1891.
Diageo drives the creativity in their Special Releases. This means we get to do something slightly less traditional, and we have a bit more freedom to explore. This is all good and well, but it was also important for us not to alienate any of Strathmills’ loyal fans. The design had to be bold and new, but retain the essence and history of the distillery, appealing to old fans as well as new ones.