When I learned that Asta Morris was about to launch another Glen Keith 1994, I was already wringing my hands in anticipation. After all, the previous release about a year ago, was truly fabulous – but destined for Japan. Just 42 bottles remained in our neck of the woods, sold exclusively through a Dutch retailer. Those were gone in a flash and I had to make do with a sample. This time around, I was in time to get my hands on one of the 179 bottles.
The nose is very creamy and fruity. I get banana, as well as apricots and coconuts. Apples in the frying pan, sprinkled with cinnamon. Some mint and even some sage. Tobacco leaves. Milk chocolate. Honey. Chamomile tea. This is very aromatic and round.
It is immediately round and sweet on the palate, but also pretty spicy. Think nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon and a single chili pepper. Dark honey precedes the even darker fruit: overripe banana, fresh fig, joined at the hip by blood oranges and pink grapefruit. Candied ginger and coconut complete the near perfect picture. Very, very nice.
The finish is long with a slight bitterness at the death.
A complete whisky if you know what I mean. Boy, I just noticed that this is already (or should that be ‘only just’) my 25th Glen Keith. Around 180 EUR.