An official bottling of Glen Keith – the only one in recent years, I believe, unless you count the Chivas Brothers bottlings as officials. As you know the distillery was mothballed in 1999 until they reopened in 2013.
It’s called Glen Keith Distillery Edition which is a very nondescript name for a bottling that’s widely available outside of the distillery. Much like the mention ‘distilled by master craftsmen’.
Glen Keith Distillery Edition
(40%, OB +/- 2018)
Nose: very accessible, but very attractive as well. A mix of vanilla cake with sweet orchard fruits (apricots, juicy pears, grapes) and light tropical touches (bananas, vitamin juice). Honeyed corn flakes. A hint of Belgian Tripel as well (specifically Karmeliet).
Mouth: more middle-of-the-road now. Plenty of malty notes, vanilla custard, nectarines and hints of bourbon wood (faintly plankish, almost perfumed). Grassy notes, ginger and a bit of chocolate in the end.
Finish: quite short with oak spice and a grainy note.
The nose was a pleasant surprise but on the palate it went back to a harmless profile. Honest and reasonably fruity, I could certainly recommend this to blend drinkers looking to move upwards, or as a daily dram. Around € 30 from TWE and Master of Malt, currently further discounted over at Green Welly Stop.