Glen Keith Speyside Whisky Distillery
Constructed by Chivas Brothers (A subsidiary of the once mighty Seagram Empire) between1957 and 1960 Glen Keith distillery is located in the town of Keith in Morayshire. When the whisky distillery opened in 1960 it operated on the triple distillation process which was unique for a Speyside distillery. It was in fact the first new Malt Whisky Distillery constructed in Speyside since the reign of Queen Victoria. The process was changed in 1970 when two new gas fired stills were added. From this time double distillation was used. Seeking a lead from new technology a computer system was installed in 1980 to control production of Glen Keith Single Malt Whisky. In 1983 yet another still was added. Chivas brothers also maintained a large research laboratory at this site
Chivas Brothers used most of the output from Glen Keith for their other blended whisky’s namely 100 Pipers, Chivas Regal and Passport. Occasional independent single bottlings were also released together with two distillery single malt releases. Glenisla and Craigduff which were heavily peated Glen Keith’s were also released in the 1970’s
In 1999 Chivas Brothers made the decision to mothball the distillery. Seagram’s the parent company then sold “Chivas Brothers” including Glen Keith in 2001 to Pernod Ricard. To date the distillery has remained closed and firmly padlocked although the distillery buildings have been maintained.
It is unfortunate that this relatively young forward looking distillery has had so short a life. It is not known if Pernod Ricard have any plans to re-open this whisky distillery.
Taste: Sweet, light, smooth and polished with a hint of peat.