The first official bottling from the re-opened Glen Keith distillery in Speyside, which was revived in 2013 and whose spirits normally appear in blends such as Chivas Regal and 100 Pipers.
This new, no-age-statement whisky is a gentle dram with notes of poached pears, honeycomb and vanilla toffee.
Colour: a creamy toffee
On the nose: an inoffensive mix of apples, pears and caramel. Then there’s a refreshing lemonade, vanilla marshmallows, wafers but its very light generally with a touch of varnish spirit suggesting its youthfulness and lacking cohesion. Water I felt wasn’t required unleashing more of the alcohol.
In the mouth: more of that refreshing quality with white grapes, vanilla and pears but also a drying wood towards the end with a maltiness. There’s Kiwi fruit and green bananas along with cinnamon. It holds together better than the nose generally, with that spirt nature spurting through now and again. Pleasant and inoffensive, but avoid water as it removes these finely balanced details.
Size : 70cl Alc: 40%vol
NB: Licensing restrictions prevent shipment to areas outside the United Kingdom