Glen Keith

Glen Keith 20 Years Old 1992 (53.3%, Master of Malt, Refill Barrel #120598, 211 Bottles, 2013)

Glen Keith 20 Years Old 1992 – Single Cask (Master of Malt)

53.3% ABV, £52 for 70cl

Score: 84/100

What they say:

This Master of Malt bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Keith distillery offers up a smorgasbord of summer delights, just the ticket for warding off those shortening autumn days. Full of honey sweetness, it’s difficult not to like this Speysider – it’s good stuff! Glen Keith itself recently reopened incidentally, after the Scotch whisky distillery had previously been mothballed back in the year 2000.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Malt, Honey, Green Apple, a touch of freshly-cut hay and just-picked asparagus.

Palate: Incredibly sweet, more of the honey from the nose leading into molasses and just a suggestion of ground ginger.

Finish: Long, warming and not even a touch of bitterness. Fades into Jamaica Ginger Cake.

Overall: A superb, superb dram from this not-often-seen distillery.

What I say:

On my tour of drams from Scottish distilleries I couldn’t resist this little number. A 20 year old single cask/cask strength bottling distilled at the Glen Keith Distillery in Speyside in 1992 and bottled by Master Of Malt. Due to the recent closure I expect Glen Keith expressions to be reasonably hard to come by for the next 10-12 years before there is aged stock to produce an aged expression. Owned by Chivas Brithers it is perhaps likely that most Glen Keith stock will be sent for blending perhaps unless they have new plans to release an official bottle range in 10 years time? Glen Keith is next door to the Chivas flagship distillery at Strathisla and has long been used for distillation training and experimentation within the group.

Colour:

Pure yellow gold

Nose:

Carnauba wax, honey, beeswax, sweet floral aromas and melon sorbet

Taste:

Sweet woody oak, vanilla custard or vanilla slice pastries, icing, a little cinnamon, peach sorbet/peach melba, melon, drying sugary wood develops on repeated sampling

Finish:

Shortish fruity peaches, icing sugar, clarifying and refreshing to the palate, dies off quickly

Would I buy it again:

From my first sampling this is a rather impressive single malt with plenty of fruity and cereal flavours and that added element of good sugary aged oak wood. I really enjoyed this one and it is very competitively priced considering the age, strength and availability of Glen Keith expressions, it is not surprising this one sold out quickly from the Master of Malt website.

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