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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Glen Keith Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Information

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)

Coopers Choice

Duncan Taylor,

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),



Glen Keith 1968 46% Connoisseurs Choice

Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2007.

Tasting Note

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.


With Water


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,


AB55 3BU

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.

Tasting notes:-


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 .