Ever had a whisky that didn’t convince you at the first sip, but gradually opens a new world to to you as soon as you ease into it? This particular whisky is a Glen Keith from the olden days before its decade-long hibernation. Distilled in 1993, bottled in 2012 by AD Rattray, matured in a single bourbon hogshead (#97114) for 19 years.
Nose: a vague mineral nose, fairly grassy, with a whiff of lemon peel in the background.
Mouth: a light body maybe a tad oily. The palate opens with a sharp alcoholic bite and notes of raisin, blossoms with tones of tangerine and ends with a drying mouth feel. (with water added: brings out the tangerine, the profile reminds me more of a Rosebank without the excessive fruity notes)
Finish: long and lingering with notes of cereal and white apples. Tongue stimulating crumbs of spicy ginger. (with water added: finish becomes extremely bitter)
The Verdict:Give this whisky some air. I wasn't expecting much after a fairly disappointing nose, but the palate was though austere in style, an exuberant feast of flavor. however it takes some time to adjust to the high alcoholic opening, certainly if this is your first dram of the evening,but this whisky really grows on you. I quite dig the style and the score would have been higher, if it wasn’t for the nose. (with whiskies the whole package counts)
TIP: try it neat first and gradually balance this one out by adding water
< 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs 75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it 80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet 90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle 95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house