Quite a charming old gaffer here.
Glen Keith is not a distillery we see much of on the shelves, due to its 1999 mothballing, but I’ve tried a couple of nifty little gems from this Speyside secret. Unfortunately, most of the distillery’s output was destined for the blending halls before the doors were locked and the distillery was quietly put on ice.
From what I’ve read, as of late 2012, extensive renovations are under way at Glen Keith, leading to some excitement (on my part, anyway) over another Lazarus distillery. Tales of this sort warm the cockles and put a big sh*t-eating grin on my face. It’s cool to be around while a bit of whisky history is unfolding. Now here’s hoping that there is long-term sustainability in the cards and that, while i know its primary purpose is to be a blend conponent again, we get to see some more of the whisky hit the market as single malt.
This 1968 Connoisseurs Choice independent bottling is from a remade hogshead. Seeing as it was bottled in 2010, we’re looking at about a 42 year old whisky…give or take a few months. In human years…that’s young and spry. In malt years…that’s older than sands of the Sahara. When you start counting a whisky’s age in decades, you have to begin to fear the worst: overoaking. In this case, all doubts are quickly assuaged. Originating from a remade hoggy, I can only assume there was nothing too active about the wood itself. Nice smooth and even, in terms of profile. This is really a lovely whisky.
…And sadly, I believe, long gone.
Nose: Paint on wood. Dunnage warehouse. Mint. Hot cross buns and almond chips. Vanilla. Orange zest. Very mellow notes of fruit cocktail in syrupy. A little bit waxy. All sorts of neat little nuances to investigate with this one. The faintest hint of struck match after 30 or so minutes in the glass (but not in that overwhelming suphuric brimstone nastiness kinda way).
Palate: Juicy…fruity delivery. Mild and very pleasing. Fresh home-made mixed fruit pie. Vanilla cream. Marzipan and something a little more in the way of a mildly spiced, leathery note. Soft biscuit. Beautiful palate. and a very clean dram.
* Thanks to Andrew Ferguson at Kensington Wine Market for this wee taster of Gen Keith. Andrew gets most of the best whiskies in the city. Go see him.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt