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Glen Keith

The American market for blended Scotch whisky has always been very lucrative. It was with this in mind that Sam Bronfman of Seagram, a part of Chivas Brothers, planned the build of the Glen Keith distillery. Glen Keith was founded in 1957 and distillation began a year later. The most popular blends being sold in America at that time were of a light, easy drinking style and, accordingly, Glen Keith started producing triple distilled whiskies, not unheard of in Scotland, but perhaps so in Speyside. The resultant spirit was light and perfect for blends, hence it is a major constituent in the 100 Pipers blend, which is currently among the top ten bestselling blends in the world.

The Glen Keith whisky distillery sits in the beautiful village of Keith, not far from the River Isla. The buildings once played host to the Mill of Keith and are rather charming with the elegant pagoda roof sitting atop the 3.5 million litre capacity distillery. Lying in close proximity to Strathisla, a fellow Seamgram owned distillery, Glen Keith draws its waters from the Balloch Hills springs and produces delicate, honeyed single malts. In 1970, the whisky distillery became Scotland’s first to gas-power its stills. Six years later the onsite floor maltings were decommissioned. Independent bottlings are available, despite the comparative scarcity of official house expressions.

Glen Keith Whisky Distillery

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About Glen Keith Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01542 783042

Distillery Founded

1957

Distillery Capacity

3 500 000 litres

Distillery Owner

Chivas Brothers

Distillery Address

Keith, Banffshire

Distillery Status

Mothballed

Distillery Address

Station Road, Keith, Banffshire AB55 3BU

1957

The Distillery is founded by Chivas Brothers (Seagrams).

1958

Production starts.

1970

The first gas-fuelled still in Scotland is installed, the number of stills increases from three to five.

1976

Own maltings (Saladin box) ceases.

1983

A sixth still is installed.

1994

The first official bottling, a 10 year old, is released as part of Seagram’s Heritage Selection.

2000

The distillery is mothballed.

2001

Pernod Ricard takes over Chivas Brothers from Seagrams.

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Distilled in 1967 at Glen Keith, this was matured in first fill sherry casks.  More info
A rare and complex bottling from the Connoisseur's choice range from Gordon and Macphail.  More info
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Distilled in 1993, this is a 12 year old, from Glen Keith matured in refill American bourbon hogsheads and at a slightly higher proof than many Gordon and MacPhail bottlings.  More info
$67.01
This was distilled at Glen Keith in 1996 and aged in cask 72713. It was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd, and is made extra rare as the Glen Keith distillery closed just three years after this was...  More info
$76.33
Distilled in 1996, this is a creamy, fruity Glen Keith from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. It was aged in refill American hogsheads before bottling at 46% ABV.  More info
$67.26
This Master of Malt bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Keith distillery offers up a smorgasbord of summer delights, just the ticket for warding off those shortening autumn days. Full...  More info
$97.93
a 20 year old Glen Keith from the new Old Particular range from Douglas Laing. Bottled at 51.5% abv, it was distilled in July 1993 before being matured in cask 9953. Only 274 bottles of this top-notch...  More info
$135.59
The Glen Keith distillery is back in action once more after being closed since 1999! As they get back up to speed, why not remember what their whisky tasted like with this 21 year old single malt...  More info
$127.93
This Glen Keith is 22 Years Old and was bottled by Single Malts of Scotland in 2012.  More info
$123.26
A Berry Bros. & Rudd independent bottling of Glen Keith distilled in 1993, before the distillery was mothballed in 1999. Lucky, this story has a happy ending as production started up again at Glen...  More info
$120.65
A single cask whisky, Glenisla is actually distilled at Glen Keith. This was distilled on the 7th July 1977 and matured in single hogshead 19601 for 28 years before bottling on the 29th March 2006. A...  More info
Distilled at Glen Keith on the 7th July 1977, this was aged in a single hogshead for 32 years before it was bottled in 2009 by Signatory. Glenisla was an experimental peated whisky from Glen Keith...  More info
$266.42
Very rare Glenisla single malt whisky which was produced by Glen Keith, although this no longer happens. It has been bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. 274 bottles were produced...  More info
$281.59
It's not often you see a Glenisla, but here we have a single cask release courtesy of Signatory. Aged for 34 years this is part of Signatory's Cask Strength range.  More info
$261.40
Glen Keith is a relatively new distillery having been built in 1957 and was the first distillery to gas fire their stills. This Glen Keith is part of the John Milroy Selection - John Milroy started...  More info
$127.89
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