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    Glen Keith

    Located in the Speyside town of Keith, Glen Keith distillery was only opened in 1958 – making it one of the youngest whisky distilleries in Scotland. It was also one of the first to be built in the region since the whisky boom of the late 19th century. The distillery was built by Chivas Brothers and became part of Pernod Ricard in 2001.

    This change of ownership happened after the distillery had already been mothballed in 1999. Many expected that the site would begin producing again after changing hands, but it remained dormant until June 2013 when production finally re-commenced and Glen Keith was officially opened again. Chivas Brothers built the distillery with the intention of using it to mass produce malts which could be used in blends targeted towards the American market. The original capacity of 3.5 million litres was large at the time; however some reports suggest that the capacity has now grown to as much as 6 million following its reopening.

    Due to its recent history, official bottles of single malt from Glen Keith are not readily available. The only common official bottle is a 10 year old expression which was originally released before the closing of the distillery in 1999. At this stage it remains unclear how much of the spirit now being produced at the distillery will be used for blends and how much will be retained for the future release of Glen Keith single malts.

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