Keith Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The origins of Glen Keith can be said to lie in 1950, when
Chivas Brothers acquired the Strathisla
Distillery in Keith. The company was delighted with the
quality of the malt whisky produced there, which became the
heart of the premium Chivas Regal blend - and so it was natural
that when plans were drawn up for the expansion of Chivas
Brothers’ malt whisky distilling operations, it was
decided to build a new distillery nearby. An old meal mill
on the opposite bank of the River Isla was purchased in 1957,
and work began on its conversion. Some of the old mill buildings
were renovated and the new buildings were designed in the
local vernacular style and finished in local stone to maintain
the dignified Victorian character of the area's architecture.
The first whisky from Glen Keith ran off the stills in December
1958. The distillery was formally opened by Sam Bronfman,
President of Distillers Corporation-Seagrams Ltd, on 24 May
Glen Keith Distillery
Keith, Banffshire AB55 3BU Scotland
Tel: +44 (0)1542 783042 Fax: +44 (0)1542 783056
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The Linn and the Tower Glen Keith stands
by the famous Linn of Keith, an attractive waterfall on
the Isla, over which the ruins of Milton Castle stand guard.
The castle was built c1480, and for centuries it was the
stronghold of the Ogilvies of Milton. Once, the 6 feet thick
castle walls perched on the edge of the precipice above
the deep Linn Pool, but the buildings were abandoned in
the eighteenth century, and local builders plundered the
site for masonry for houses and other new buildings in Keith.
Today, only the ruins of the castle tower remains. However,
this short stretch of the River Isla remains popular with
visitors, can watch herons patiently fishing along the riverbank
leap in the Linn Pool. Occasionally, a family of otters
has been spotted playing in the water.
It was not bottled as a single malt Scotch whisky until
1994 when Glen Keith became widely available as one of four
brands presented by Chivas Brothers in The Heritage Selection.
Glen Keith Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a smooth, light
whisky with fruit notes on the palate, which develops a
pleasantly warm and lasting finish. It has received a warm
welcome from single malt whisky aficionados around the world.
Courtesy of Glen Keith Distillery