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 picturesque Strathisla Distillery. Glen Keith is a modern distillery, contrasting 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 but in 1970 this was increased to five when production was switched to double distillation. It incorporated the novelty of the first gas-fired stills in Scotland. Three years later, steam coils were also installed.
The Glen Keith distillery was mothballed in 1999. Extensive reconstruction work began in 2012 and the distillery was reopened in June 2013.
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 the distillery released an official bottling under the name Glen Keith 1983. This bottling was replaced a few years later by a 10 year old single malt. It also produced two peated malts under the names Glenisla and Craigduff.