Glen Keith

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Coordinates: 57°32′47″N 2°57′26″W / 57.54639°N 2.95722°W / 57.54639; -2.95722

Glen Keith Distillery
Late winter's view of Glen Keith distillery.
Late winter's view of Glen Keith distillery.
Region: Speyside
LocationKeith, Moray
OwnerChivas Brothers
Founded1957
StatusUnder redevelopment.
Water sourceBalloch Hill.
No. of stills3 wash stills
3 spirit stills[1]
Capacity3,500,000 Litres per annum (former)

Glen Keith is a distillery built by and owned by Chivas Brothers (part of the Pernod Ricard group since 2001) within eyesight of their centre piece distillery, the Strathisla Distillery.

History[edit]

Glen Keith is a modern distillery. When it opened in 1958, it was the first new distillery to open in Speyside since the great whisky crash of 1898.[2] It therefore contrasts markedly with Strathisla - the oldest in Scotland.

Construction started in 1957 on the site of a meal-mill and was completed in 1960, initially with three stills with the intention of triple distillation. In 1970, two more stills were added when production was switched to double distillation. The new production method incorporated the novelty of the first gas-fired stills in Scotland. Three years later, steam coils were also installed.

The output of the distillery was originally used in blends such as Chivas Regal, Passport and 100 Pipers but Chivas Brothers also used it as a laboratory for experiments with innovations in production and processing, for example developing their own strains of yeast.

In the 1990s[when?] the distillery released an official bottling under the name Glen Keith 1983. This bottling was replaced a few years later[when?] by a 10-year-old single malt. It also produced[when?] two peated malts under the names Glenisla and Craigduff.

The Glen Keith distillery was mothballed in 1999. Extensive reconstruction work began in 2012 and the distillery was reopened in June 2013.[3] At the time of the distillery's reopening, Chivas Brothers intended that its annual production would be six million litres of spirit, almost all of which would be used in blended whiskies destined for export.[2]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Glen Keith distillery
  2. ^ a b Rankin, Jennifer (15 June 2013). "It's whisky galore again on Speyside as distillery reopens after 15 years". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Glen Keith distillery in Speyside re-opened by Chivas Brothers". BBC News. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Helen Arthur: The single malt companion (2002) [1997] (in Dutch). Librero. pp. 142. ISBN 90-5764-236-0.

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