This is the oldest Glen Keith I have ever tried. Distilled on 29th October 1968 and bottled on 1st May 2018 in only 42 individually numbered decanter that – together with a signed certificate – come in a beautiful wooden chest. Cost? Around 3.000 EUR. Best of all: bottled exclusively for Whisky Warehouse Belgium. Chances are this is one of those oldies that was triple distilled, a practice that Glen Keith upheld until 1970.
Succulent nose on dried flowers, pineapple and mango, but also with a drying element as if from cigar box, potpourri and parsley. Something like sweet, cooked carrots. Nutmeg and cinnamon do their thing. Barely any oak, which is nice at this blessed age (I know what I’m talking about). After a few minutes of air it becomes more fruity, offering sour oranges, honey and a nice hint of dried coconut. Mighty!
Good mouth feel. Sweet with a bitterness from the get-go and a little more spicy. White pepper, nutmeg, even some chili. Actually reminds me a bit of rum (top notch rum, obviously). Hint of pink grapefruit and Seville oranges. It truly tastes ‘old’, if you know what I mean. Lots of depth. Lovely trace of woodsmoke midpalate… Yes, this is Enjoyable with capital E!
Only in the long, feisty finish does it become rather dry. Fades very slowly while I cannot stop smiling and smacking my lips. Delicous.
Outstanding with a flabbergasting finish. But not for everyone’s purse, alas. If I didn’t know this was from Gordon & Macphail, I would have thought it surely to be released by Delicious Drams Incorporated! Heavenly. Thx, Eric!