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Glen Keith has recently been reopened by owners Chivas Brothers (in favour of Imperial that will thus remain closed). Perhaps in the (distant) future we will be able to enjoy some new expressions of this single malt then. This is still old stuff (well, sorta), bottled by the Meadowside Belding Company.
The nose is pretty malty and soft with dried flowers, nuts and a touch of citrus. The main smell is, in my book, sugar candy and pears. It has got a good helping of honey and shows a dusty side, as if from freshly sawn wood. Liquorice, too. This is a wonderful nose!
It remains fruity spicy and malty on the palate, almost tropical (think pineapple), but then the oak starts to speak more loudly. It becomes a tad too loud, in fact, turning the palate bitter. Too bitter, to my taste.
The finish is short, continuing on the bitterness.
A nice Speysider, unfortunately a little too bitter towards the end to be absolutly top. Subtop, yes, absolutely.