Glen Keith 1995/2015 Signatory Vintage

Gypsum Hell

Once in a while, you make a calculated guess when visiting a specialist whisky shop and you pick a reasonably priced bottle from the shelf, from a distillery you appreciate by an independent bottler you trust. Not to boast but I’ve seldom been mistaken in these matters. But oh boy, how wrong was I with this Glen Keith from Signatory Vintage…

a 19yo Glen Keith by Signatory Vintage, a vatting of hogsheads #171204 and 171205 for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: a mineral nose that immediately turns sour, with a bouquet of moss, wet wood, gypsum dust, lemon peel and an unappetising side note of sweaty feet.

Mouth: oily body, the sourness from the nose rescinds on the palate. The strong taste of gypsum, like sucking on piece of blackboard chalk, a strong alcoholic bite with an insane amount of pepper.

Finish: medium long drying finish with a fatty aftertaste, an indigestion of pepper causes a burning afterglow.


The Verdict: I love Signatory, I like Glen Keith, what happened? What I dislike in particular is that bloated feeling you get from the fatty texture. To sum the experience from this whisky up: sniffing sweaty feet, sucking on blackboard chalk and getting punched in the stomach afterwards. Checking the Whiskybase score: 82/100,… hmm that’s far too generous for this train wreck of a whisky…

Score: 61

Nose: 16

Taste: 14
Finish: 12 Balance: 19
   < 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