Glenisla Highland Whisky Distillery
Glenisla single malt whisky was produced at the relatively modern Glen Keith whisky distillery which was set up in Keith Banffshire in 1957. It was originally set up by Chivas Brothers and was completed in 1960 incorporating 3 stills and triple distillation. This was changed in 1970 to double distillation at the same time as two additional stills were added. These stills were the first stills in Scotland to use gas firing.
In the early 1980s the site was updated with yet another still and a computer system which controlled the distillation process. The distillery operated until 1999 when it was closed. In 2001 this whisky distillery was sold to Pernod Ricard who to date have not reopened it.
The previous output was used almost exclusively for the blending of Chivas products namely Black Watch, 100 Pipers, Passport and of course the famous Chivas Regal deluxe blended whisky.
There have been a few releases of Glenisla Single Malt Whisky which were experimental and heavily peated in the 1970s and Signatory have also released a few bottlings of this very rare single malt whisky.
Only time will tell if Pernod Ricard will ever bring this modern plant back to life.
Taste: Heavily Peated, Bold with Fruity Tannins,