Originally a meal mill, Glen Keith Distillery is in Keith, on the banks of the river Isla, opposite the Strathisla Distillery. Although much of the mill has been demolished, Chivas Brothers converted it to a distillery in 1958 and it was one of the first new malt distilleries built in Scotland since the distillery-building boom of the 1890’s. In 1970, Glen Keith became the first distillery in Scotland to have a gas-fired still and the first microprocessor for controlling aspects of production was installed 10 years later. The system was subsequently extended to provide improved quality and production controls in the mill and eventually even the still room. Glen Keith tested and introduced many other innovative processes designed to complement and refine the traditional arts and skills involved in the making of malt whisky. The distillery is now owned by Pernod Ricard, who purchased Chivas Brothers Limited in 2001. However, it has been silent since March 1999, but the site is still used as a filling store and technical centre.
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700 ml, 46.0% abv, Scotland, (Speyside)A Gordon & McPhail 1993 independent bottling of Glen Keith. This Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a smooth, light whisky with fruit notes on the palate, which develops a pleasantly warm and lasting finish.
700 ml, 50.1 % abv, Scotland (Speyside)A 1992 vintage Glen Keith bottled by Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Aged for 24 years in a pair of bourbon barrels. Distilled in 1992, bottled at 50.1% abv in 2016, natural colour.
"Rich and sweet"
700 ml, 46.1% abv, Scotland (Speyside)This single cask Signatory bottling of Glenisla is a rare experimental, heavily peated, malt. Produced using both peated water and peated malt at the Glen Keith Distillery. Although after 37 years on oak the peat has mellowed a bit. Distilled in 1997, and bottled at cask strength in 2015. Cask No 19602, 266 bottles produced, individual bottle numbers.
"At Glen Keith the peating came from peat smoked water which was produced in Stornoway - until the plant there eventually blew up. They then started making a peat smoked water at Glen Keith which was used in the distillery. Some of this was also sent to Japan" (Hugh Thompson, retired distillery manager at Glen Keith & Strathisla)