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Glen Keith Scotch Whisky Distillery History
Chivas Brothers, who also owned the existing Strathisla distillery nearby, built Glen Keith in 1957-1960 on the site of a corn mill.
It was one of the first new malt distilleries in Scotland since the late-Victorian whisky boom. Glen Keith originally had three stills; the distillery was designed for triple distillation - unusual for a Speyside distillery.
The number of stills was increased from 3 to 5 in 1970 when they switched to double distillation. The new stills were the first to be gas-fired in Scotland. However, three years later they where converted to internal steam coils for heating, Also a sixth still was added at some point so that the stills worked in pairs.
The distillery also pioneered the use of computers within the Scottish distilling industry.
The distillery was mothballed in 1999 and sold to Pernod Ricard in 2001.
Glen Keith is a major component of Passport blends.
Glen Keith Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings
Glen Keith Aged 10 Years
Glen Keith Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Older Distillery Bottlings
Glen Keith 1983
Glen Keith Single Malt ScotchWhisky Independent Bottlings
Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),
Glen Keith 1968 46% Connoisseurs Choice
Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2007.
Colour: Deep amber.
Nose: Sweet, sherry with a touch of charred oak. Fruit - dates and figs.
Palate: Sweet, sherry wood with mulled/over-ripe fruit. Drying- peppery.
Nose: Smoke more noticeable, sherry aromas with sweet, treacle toffee elements.
Palate: Rich, sweet sherry flavours. A little drying smokiness.
Body: Rich, smooth.
Finish: Rich, fruit and sherry flavours.
Cask Type: Refill Sherry Hogsheads.
Whisky Style: Rich and sweet with sherry influence - try it with a cigar.
Glen Keith Distillery, Keith,
Tel: +44 (0)1542 783042
No visitor Facilities
Glen Keith Scotch Whisky
Distillery Style Tasting Notes
Nose:Floral, grassy, light spice and fruit.
Palate: Light, sweet, straight forward, honey, spice.
Finish: Short and sweet with a touch of fruit.
Glen Keith Single Malt Whisky 18 year old 1990 50% 70cl
Old Malt Cask bottled by Douglas Laing & Co.
Single Cask 259 bottles in total.
Distilled in March 1990.
Bottled in December 2008.
Nose: Fragrant with wheat chaff plus coffee plus warm macerated fruit.
Palate: Sweet citrus with ginger and mocha flavours mingling.
Finish: Chocolate with sweet spices and light oak. (F)
Founded by Chivas Brothers in 1957
Location Speyside Region Straithisla district, Keith
Water source The Balloch Hill springs.
Glen Keith Distilling Equipment
Originally built as a three still layout for triple distillation
Converted to double distillation with the addition of three more stills in 1970
Matured in American bourbon hogsheads with some European refill sherry casks .