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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.

During the 1970s, experimental Glenisla malt whisky was made at Glen Keith, destined primarily for use in the Chivas Brothers’ blends. Glenisla was made using both peated malt and peated water (the water was flavoured with smoke and then run through a still to concentrate this smokiness).

In was not until recently however, in 2006, that the first bottling of this extremely rare whisky became available courtesy of Signatory.

Glen Keith Whisky Distillery

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About Glen Keith Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01542 783042

Distillery Founded


Distillery Capacity

3 500 000 litres

Distillery Owner

Chivas Brothers

Distillery Address

Keith, Banffshire

Distillery Status


Distillery Address

Station Road, Keith, Banffshire AB55 3BU


The Distillery is founded by Chivas Brothers (Seagrams).


Production starts.


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


Own maltings (Saladin box) ceases.


A sixth still is installed.


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


The distillery is mothballed.


Pernod Ricard takes over Chivas Brothers from Seagrams.

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17 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in November 1995, drawn from two hogshead and bottled in August 2013 by Signatory.

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A rare Cask Strength Edition of Glen Keith 17 year old single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Chivas Brothers. It was distilled in 1996 and released in 2013, the year that Glen Keith was reopened and...  More info
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
This was distilled at the Glen Keith distillery in September 1993. It was then aged for 18 years in a refill hogshead before bottling by Douglas Laing in December of 2011. A release of 320 bottles…  More info
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This Glen Keith was distilled in August 1995, and it was aged in a pair of hogsheads before bottling by Signatory in 2012.  More info
Distilled at Glen Keith on the 1st October 1992 and aged in two bourbon barrels for 18 years before bottling on the 11th March 2011. A release of 352 bottles from Signatory, at natural cask strength.  More info
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
This Glen Keith was distilled on the 8th November 1995, and it was aged in a pair of hogsheads before bottling by Signatory in 2011. A release of 782 bottles.  More info
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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
This single cask Glen Keith was distilled on the 8th November 1992 and it was aged for 18 years in bourbon barrel 120553 before bottling on the 23rd September 2011. A release of 169 bottles from...  More info
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