Strathenry is our full flavored early maturing malt distilled here at the distillery when we are not making The InchDairnie Single Malt. The name Strathenry comes from the nearby Strathenry Castle, a 16th century tower house in the parish of Leslie just North of the distillery in the old Kingdom of Fife. The land was owned by the Strathendries up until 1496 when the Forresters took over. The meaning of the name is “the wide river valley of Henry”.
Strathenry is made using the same hammer mill, mash filter, wash backs and stills as The InchDairnie Single Malt, but there are definite differences. While InchDairnie is made according to seasons, Strathenry is always made the same way throughout the year. This means one single yeast recipe and the same style of malted barley no matter the time of year. The distillation takes place in the same pot stills as for InchDairnie Single Malt, but with slightly different cut off point for the middle cut.
While InchDairnie Single Malt eventually will be bottled, we have no plans to do the same with Strathenry. That does not mean Strathenry should be underestimated or taken lightly. It comes with the best credentials and praise from competitors and customers alike. So much so that we sell or exchange with the various distilling groups in Scotland. That is quite a feat for a young distillery, but the proof is in the quality of the liquid.
We keep some Strathenry to ourselves and once mature it will form the body and spine of key blends from our strategic partner MacDuff International. For this purpose, we have a very strict wood-regime that supports the flavourful malt. We feel confident this whisky could win awards, but you are likely to meet it first from independent bottlers. Once the new make Strathenry has left the distillery we can not control the wood it goes into, but we know, that this liquid deserves only the best casks.