Glen Keith 1996
Glen Keith 1996 Connoisseurs Choice is an independently bottles by Gordon & Macphail based in Elgin. It has been matured in Refill Sherry Hogsheads and hence the lovely character of this whisky. It has malty, perfumed nose with hints of heather honey ands subtle cedar wood aromas. The palate is sweet with cream soda notes mixed with citrus fruit flavours. A delicate spice emerges at the end and lingers for a while - a truly good single malt.
Glen Keith distillery
Glen Keith distillery was founded in 1959. It operated continuously until 1999 when it was mothballed. It remained closed for almost 14 years until it was re-opened in 2013 by Pernod-Ricard (the current owners). When it was originally built, the distillery had three stills. This was because the distillery was intended to produce triple distilled whisky to go into blends. In the 1970s, the distillery increased its production capacity and added a pair of stills. It also adopted the more traditional double distillation method. When the new stills were installed at the distillery they were very innovative, they were the first ever gas-fired stills in Scotland. Most of the whisky produced at the distillery ended up in world famous blends like Passport and Chivas Regal. The distillery itself was the whisky equivalent of an experimental laboratory for distillers. Many innovative distilling techniques were tried and tested at this distillery, some of them were: -A peated whisky release where the peaty flavours came from the water and not the barley. Peat was burnt and it was passed through water. This peated, smoky water was used at various stages. The whisky produced in this way was released under the names Glenisla and Craigduff. -The distillery cultivated its own strains of yeast. These days the distillery uses more commercially available strains. In the past, distilleries like Glen Grant and Strathisla used the yeast strains cultivated at Glen Keith distillery. After it reopened in 2013, the distillery doubled its production capacity and these days it produces around 6million liters of spirit. Most of it ends up in blends.
Gordon and Macphail independent bottlers
Founded in Elgin in 1895 as a 'family grocers, tea, wine and spirits merchants'. Today the company is still family managed and has a legendary status among independent bottlers. It could even be said that Gordon and Macphail started the independent bottlings trade in the mid 1960s. When they released casks of single malt whisky from various distilleries, many of those distilleries didn't even have an official single malt release. Gordon and Macphail has its very own whisky distillery: Benromach in Forres, Morayshire.