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Glen Keith

Glen Keith Distillery

Region: Speyside, Scotland.

Founded: 1957

Status: Under redevelopment

Owner: Chivas Brothers

Water source: Balloch Hill

Stills: 3x Wash 3 x Spirit

Output: 3.5 million litres alcohol per annum (when operational)


Glen Keith is a modern distillery. When it opened in 1958, it was the first new distillery to open in Speyside since the great whisky crash of 1898. It therefore contrasts markedly with Strathisla – the oldest in Scotland. Construction started in 1957 on the site of a meal-mill and was completed in 1960, initially with three stills with the intention of triple distillation. In 1970, two more stills were added when production was switched to double distillation. The new production method incorporated the novelty of the first gas-fired stills in Scotland. Three years later, steam coils were also installed. The output of the distillery was originally used in blends such as Chivas Regal, Passport and 100 Pipers but Chivas Brothers also used it as a laboratory for experiments with innovations in production and processing, for example developing their own strains of yeast.

In the 1990s the distillery released an official bottling under the name Glen Keith 1983. This bottling was replaced a few years later by a 10-year-old single malt. It also produced two peated malts under the names Glenisla and Craigduff. The Glen Keith distillery was mothballed in 1999. Extensive reconstruction work began in 2012 and the distillery was reopened in June 2013. At the time of the distillery’s reopening, Chivas Brothers intended that its annual production would be six million litres of spirit, almost all of which would be used in blended whiskies destined for export.

Glen Keith Whisky Reviews:

  • Glen Keith 10 Years Old ~ 43% (Seagrams) - Glen Keith 10 Years Old Speyside single malt scotch whisky 43% ABV, £100 for 70cl Score: 84/100 What they say: Official bottling from Glen Keith, a 10 year old whisky originally released in the 1990s when the distillery was owned by dearly departed Seagrams. What I say: Received as a sample from a friend. This […]
  • glen-keith-1993-whisky Glen Keith 12 Years Old 1993 Connoisseurs Choice ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Glen Keith 12 Years Old 1993 Connoisseurs Choice Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glen Keith Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Connoisseurs Choice ABV: 46% Cost: £40.34 from Master of Malt [sold out] What they say: Colour Pale Straw. Body Light. Finish Hints of fruit and herbal flavours. Cask Type Refill American Hogsheads. […]
  • glen-keith-20-year-old-1992-single-cask-master-of-malt-whisky Glen Keith 20 Years Old 1992 – Single Cask ~ 53.3% (Master of Malt) - Glen Keith 20 Years Old 1992 – Single Cask (Master of Malt) 53.3% ABV, £52 for 70cl Score: 84/100 What they say: 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 […]
  • Glen Keith Batch 2 ~ 44% (That Boutique-Y Whisky Company) - Glen Keith Batch 2 Single malt scotch whisky 44% ABV, £85.95 for 50cl from Master of Malt Score: 86/100 What they say: Batch 2 of Glen Keith single malt, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, has strutted on in here like it owns the place. Funnily enough, that’s exactly what the chaps from Edinburgh Whisky […]
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