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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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Bottled as part of the Chivas Brothers Cask Strength Edition range, this 19 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky has been presented at an enjoyably intense 56.3% ABV. It was distilled in July...  More info
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This is an independent bottling of Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd, those talented veterans of the drinks world. The whisky was matured in a single cask for 20...  More info
This is an Old Particular bottling of 21 year odl Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead from September 1993 to May 2015. During that time, the distillery had been...  More info
A bright, shiny bottling of Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, made possible by the chaps at Douglas Laing. It was matured in a refill hogshead from March 1996 to March 2014 (that's 18 years!)...  More info
This is an independently bottled Speyside single malt from the Glen Keith distillery, which was distilled in 1992 and bottled at 21 years of age in 2013. It comes to us from The Nectar of the Daily...  More info
There's only a short window of opportunity where a whisky can say that it was distilled whilst Gangsta's Paradise sat atop the UK charts. Fortunately, 8th November 1995 sits within that window and...  More info
18 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of Part Des Anges' Closed Distilleries range of independently bottled whiskies. Now, you might be thinking that Glen Keith isn't a...  More info
This is a Lady of the Glen bottling of 19 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single bourbon cask. It was distilled back in 1995 (a few years before the distillery closed in...  More info
The 100 Pipers blended whisky has since become the Black Watch blend, but this bottle comes from the 1970s, when it was still named after Bonnie Prince Charlie’s 1745 uprising, which was led by one...  More info
Glenisla 36 year old single malt, independently bottled by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. Glenisla is an experimental peated malt from the Glen Keith distillery, who are known more for...  More info
Distilled at Glen Keith (not Strathisla as originally believed) on 4th April 1973, Craigduff was an experimental peated malt. Matured for a staggering 40 years in a refill sherry butt, this release...  More info
A light single malt from the Glen Keith distillery, rather rare.  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
17 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in November 1995, drawn from two hogshead and bottled in August 2013 by Signatory.

No whisky was chillfiltered in the making of this...  More info
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
This was distilled at the Glen Keith distillery on the 8th November 1995, before a 17 year maturation in two hogsheads. It was bottled by Signatory in February 2013, and it comes from their...  More info
The Glen Keith distillery in Speyside filled up two casks with their single malt Scotch whisky in November 1995. 17 years later, in February 2014, Signatory went ahead, cracked open those casks and...  More info
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
A Signatory Un-Chillfiltered Collection bottling of Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in November 1995 and matured in two casks for 18 years. In June 2014, it was bottled without...  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
The first batch of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Keith distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, is here! But who's this on the label? Why, it's those chaps from that there...  More info
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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
A 15 years aged single cask bottling of Glen Keith whisky from the Provenance range by Douglas Laing.  More info
This was distilled at the Glen Keith distillery in March of 1990 and aged for 18 years in a refill barrel before bottling by Douglas Laing in December 2008. A release of 259 bottles.  More info
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