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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…
Description: 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.
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: 81/100,… hmm that’s far too generous for this train wreck of a whisky…