Every few months I make a jump across the pond over to London to see my friends at The Whisky Exchange – well, I have other reasons for going, but I must always bring back some scotch we can’t get here in the states! This 1996 Glen Keith 21 year bottled by Single Malts of Scotland came highly recommended by my friends at The Whisky Exchange.
This dram was aged in sherry butts for 21 years with an outturn of 294 bottles at a cask strength of 56.2% ABV. There’s not much to say about this sherry bomb other than it is absolutely gorgeous. This is one you take awhile to sip making sure to enjoy it’s complexity and magnificence.
Distiller: Glen Keith
Bottled By: Single Malts of Scotland / Elixir
Outturn: 294 bottles
Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask Type: Sherry Butts
Age: 21 Years
Chill Filtered: No
Color Added: No
Glass for Review: Spiegelau Nosing Glass
Nose: Magnificently bright and powerful sherry nose. Caramelized and honey roasted nuts, toffee, marzipan, milk chocolate. Just a touch of cinnamon, honeycomb, and nutmeg juxtaposed to fresh baked cookies. With lingering mocha and a coffee house notes. Can I get this as an air freshener for my apartment?
Palate: A very rich balance of dark fruits, espresso, mocha, and milk chocolate. The nutty notes are less pronounced on the palate than the nose. Chocolate malt becomes apparent toward the finish. Oily mouthfeel. This is one of the more well balanced and complex drams I’ve had recently.
Finish: The sherry packs a punch on the finish. Dark fruits, raisins, coated in rich milk chocolate. The finish gradually becomes a little spicier and evolves into a balance chocolate syrup, espresso and nutella notes backed by the sherry up front. Very long lasting lingering finish with a little tingle from the alcohol.
Overall: This dram is extremely interesting, and evolves from nose to finish. It has a splendid balance in its complexity of sherry, dark fruit, espresso and sweet chocolate notes. I wouldn’t say this is a daily dram because it is so interesting you want to enjoy the moment of every sip.
Average Price: $130 USD (only available in GB/EU)