Archive for the ‘Glen Keith’ Category

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Keith 1996 (20 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2633/ Dist: Aug 1996 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: May 2017

Initially the nose is quite heavy on the toffee/ caramel oak, although a touch of hard barley, pine, honey and grainy dried fruit comes through.

The palate mirrors the nose with the toffee’d oak, although the caramel notes have a burnt edge and the barley is very much of the industrial persuasion. Straightforward and continuing in an oaky manor. Short, grainy finish.

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Edition Spirits Glen Keith 1995 (21 year old) 53.8%

Bourbon/ Code: EDI0203/ Dist: Nov 1995 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

Aromas of burnt toffee, cinnamon, malt, heather and slightly hard barley. With time it becomes quite herbal with a touch of lemon and oak appearing.

The palate opens with some sugar coated, but hard barley, burnt toffee, pepper and malt. The oak dries the middle but the finish is pleasant and peppery with lingering sweeter barley and toasted oak.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Keith 1997 (15 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2483/ Dist: May 1997 Btl: May 2015/ Tasted: Jun 2015

Bubblegummy aromas of strawberry, raspberry and green apple. Unusual to say the least with hints of barley and vanilla.

The palate is quite sweet and again bubblegummy with pear, apple and barley. Very full and long with the alcohol balancing the sweetness but the bubblegummy fruit lingers along with some sweet vanilla.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Keith 1993 (20 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2330/ Dist: Sept 1993 Btl: Nov 2013/ Tasted: Dec 2013

Light, herbal aromas with plenty of sharp lemon, barley and lightly perfumed white fruits. Initially lightly toffee’d but as the oak develops the toffee notes become more dominant and quite butter. The oak also shows a light sawdusty character with time.

The palate opens with the soft toffee and creamy oak before the barley, citrus, apricot and light spice begins to emerge. Like the nose it feels younger than its age statement with a lovely, intense lemon laden middle and a long lemony finish with a noticeable dusting of castor sugar which balances the sharpness of the citrus.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Keith 1995 (21 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2612/ Dist: Nov 1995 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

Aromatic and fragrant nose, which is also a little edgy as well. Barley, greengage, under ripe banana, barley, pepper and a developing herbal nuttiness. Quite vibrant with a late elderflower not.

The palate is citric and a little sharp with barley, honey, toffee and spice. It continues citric on the middle with a building mineral austerity. Intense, mouth-watering, herbal finish with a touch of sweet oak and honey attempting to balance.

 


Hunter Laing Distillers Art Glen Keith 1996 (20 year old) 48%

Sherry?/ Code: ART0072/ Dist: March 1996 Btl: Aug 2016?/ Tasted: Sept 2016

The nose is grainy and malty with treacle and dark chocolate. Very herbal with developing balsamic dried and baked fruit.

The palate shows a pleasant degree of maturity with malt, baked fruit and vanilla. Not as herbal as the nose would suggest but those notes are still present. Medium length with hints of dried grass, violets and malt with a slightly drying, tannic finish.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Glen Keith 1997 (15 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0978/ Dist: Dec 1997 Btl: Apr 2013/ Tasted: May 2013

An earthy and slightly unclean nose with baked, balsamic fruit. Hints of sugared sweets, grass/ straw and caramel. 

The palate is a little on the raw side with hints of cardboard, baked fruit and musty spice. Quite drying with a bittering oak finish.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 81.13 ‘Toffees rolled in Ash’ 1994 (12 year old) 61.5%

Bourbon/ Dist: Feb 1994 Btl: Dec 2006/ Tasted: Sept 2007

Great nose! Full of beguiling honied citrus fruit and herbs. Very complex, showing some maturity – liquid honey, dusty spices and icing sugar coated fruits along with a touch of earthy peat. Wonderful stuff! Water emphasises the spicy vanilla and butter aromas.

The palate is soft and full of apricot fruit, liquid honey and vanilla. Lovely complexity, the orange/ tangerine fruits develop on the tongue along with the dried spices. A drop of water makes this divine! The fruit becomes wonderfully soft and there is cinnamon and dried spices by the bucketful! Lovely long finish with the soft vanilla and crème brulee notes lasting and an almost Chenin Blanc like after taste. Water brings out a touch of mineral hardness.

 

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Keith 1993 (20 year old) 51.5%

Bourbon/ Code: OLP0025/ Dist: Jul 1993 Btl: Aug 2013/ Tasted: Sept 2013

The aromas are quite light with mature, fleshy spiced apple and pear. Quite malty with a pleasant depth. Hints of smoke and dunnage floors appear and with time a touch of toffee, orange and light spice emerge. 

The palate is quite light, like the nose but deep, with malty mature fruit, spice, toffee and hints of barley and white pepper. The middle sort of comes out of nowhere with a wave of peppery spice which lingers through to the end. Now the spirit starts to show some complexity with burnished honey, mature apricot, warm slightly woody spice and a suggestion of mint. The toffee’d oak returns in the after-taste.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Kieth 1993 (18 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2092/ Dist: Sept 1993 Btl: Nov 2011/ Tasted: Nov 2011

A stunning nose of brittle, hard edged barley with fleshy citrus and melon fruit aplenty. With time the exuberantly creamy oak barrels in (forgive the pun) liberally endowing the nose with some delightful Madeira-esque finish baked shortbread. Superb maturity and with time a slight perfumed note appears. 

The palate is quite oily with the granity hard barley and honey showing first followed by oodles of citrus and melon, wrapped in the most delightful soft honey imaginable. The middle has a distinct earthy, bourbon like character and the spices build wonderfully. Good grief those spices are running rampant now! – It’s become a veritable spice monster!. Lovely length with the honey and oak lingering. 

The oak and the spirit are beautifully balanced and very evocative. The finish displays and almost rye like nip and it could almost be an American/ Scottish hybrid. Truly superb! 

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Keith 1993 (18 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2133/ Dist: Sept 1993 Btl: Jan 2012/ Tasted: Jan 2012

A pleasantly fresh and citrusy nose with plenty of creamy oak, but also a touch of burnt caramel. 

The palate is oily and quite creamy, with oodles of pure, buttery oak which builds, and builds, and, well you get the idea. Good length with some gristy, herbal notes in the finish.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Kieth 1993 (18 year old) 50%

Bourbon

Code: OMC2092/ Dist: Sept 1993 Btl: Nov 2011/ Tasted: Nov 2011

A stunning nose of brittle, hard edged barley with fleshy citrus and melon fruit aplenty. With time the exuberantly creamy oak barrels in (forgive the pun) liberally endowing the nose with some delightful Madeira-esque finish baked shortbread. Superb maturity and with time a slight perfumed note appears. 

The palate is quite oily with the granity hard barley and honey showing first followed by oodles of citrus and melon, wrapped in the most delightful soft honey imaginable. The middle has a distinct earthy, bourbon like character and the spices build wonderfully. Good grief those spices are running rampant now! – It’s become a veritable spice monster!. Lovely length with the honey and oak lingering. 

The oak and the spirit are beautifully balanced and very evocative. The finish displays and almost rye like nip and it could almost be an American/ Scottish hybrid. Truly superb!

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 81.13 ‘Toffees rolled in Ash’  1994 (12 year old) 61.5%

Bourbon/ Dist: Feb 1994 Btl: Dec 2006/ Tasted: Sept 2007

Great nose! Full of beguiling honied citrus fruit and herbs. Very complex, showing some maturity – liquid honey, dusty spices and icing sugar coated fruits along with a touch of earthy peat. Wonderful stuff! Water emphasises the spicy vanilla and butter aromas.

The palate is soft and full of apricot fruit, liquid honey and vanilla. Lovely complexity, the orange/ tangerine fruits develop on the tongue along with the dried spices. A drop of water makes this divine! The fruit becomes wonderfully soft and there is cinnamon and dried spices by the bucketful! Lovely long finish with the soft vanilla and crème brulee notes lasting and an almost Chenin Blanc like after taste. Water brings out a touch of mineral hardness.

Dewar Rattray Glen Keith 1992 (17 year old) 59.7%

First fill (?) Bourbon cask 120548/ Dist: 1992 Btl: 2009

Superb depth and weight to the nose. Oodles of sawdusty honey, dried fruits, violets and a serious degree of mature caramel/vanilla oak. You could almost be forgiven for thinking it’s a Bourbon or old grain but the lack of a grainy/ rye nip discounts that assertion. I like this!

The palate is soft and oaked (surprise!) full of pure vanilla’d dried fruits. Luscious, rich and honeyed with the alcohol masking but adding an almost botanical freshness. Again the comparisons with an old grain would be very apt.

Water doesn’t make much of an impact on the oak, maybe moving it in a more toffee/ coffee direction, it also lessens the honey and emphasises the botanicals. Whilst on the palate the gristy barley and honey comes to the fore and my that is a big peppery middle! Lovely length and a seriously robust mouthful.

Now yes you could argue that I bang on about the balance of wood to spirit, and certainly with regard to Sherry casks, and yes you could argue that the balance of this is tilted more to the wood side of things, but I would say that the interest here is how much it resembles an old grain whisky……and…….well I like it!

Dewar Rattray Glen Keith 1993 (19 year old) 55.4%

Bourbon Cask 97114/ Dist: 1993 Btl: 2012/ Tasted: Sept 2012

A lovely deep and aromatic nose, exuding sweet barley and fruit. There’s a slight peaty note hanging around along with hints of rose petal marc, dunnage and American oak. 

The palate opens with some crystalised fruit, sweet barley and hints of dunnage floors. Pleasantly mature and piquant. Very long with the peat become rather sweet and slightly oily on the finish. Really impressive depth. 

With water the nose becomes very juicy, redolent of Satsuma and orange. Very fragrant now with a beautiful liquid quality to the fruit. Now showing more maturity an the oak adds notes of tobacco and coffee- spices. The citrus also shows on the palate, lightly sweetened and intertwined with the sweet barley. Like the nose the oak comes through with a large dollop of coffee-spice. Ending with a gently protracted finish.

 

Gordon & MacPhails Connoisseurs Choice Glen Kieth 1993 (17 year old) 46%

Refill American Hogshead/ Dist: 1996 Btl: 2011/ Tasted: Dec 2015

Ozone with hints of barley, honey and apricot. A touch of straw-like fruit comes through along with a touch of green citrus and creamy oak.

The palate displays plenty of oak – creamy toffee and hints of apricot and citurs. Quite drying on the middle. Good length with the citrus coming through on the finish. The after-taste is a little hard and bitter.

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Glen Keith 1967 (36 year old) 46%

Sherry/ Dist: 1967 Btl: 2003/ Tasted Mar 2004

Rich, sherried aromas of earth, nuts, dried fruit of the cognac persuasion and toffee with a lively spirity edge. Sweet and smooth, full of sherried fruit along with hints of earth, tobacco, and spice. A big, full flavoured, muscular dram with a long length.