Not that long ago Glen Keith was a closed distillery, but it re-opened in 2013. Glen Keith from the early 1990s, is renowned for having a fruity character. Let’s see if this Glen Keith 1992 24 Years Old from Archives fits that flavour profile.
The color of this whisky might make you think it has matured in an ex-sherry cask, but surprisingly it has spent all of its 24 years in an ex-bourbon barrel. Must’ve been an extremely active first-fill cask then.
Glen Keith 1992 24 Years Old (59,7%, Archives, C#120633)
Nose: First impression certainly matches the color. As in, the bourbon influence is very evident. Lots of oranges, pine needles, wood shavings. There’s some sour lemon and gentle notes of vanilla too, as well as a whiff of fennel. Taste: We’ve got chocolate, tobacco and bitter oranges, as well as wood shavings, cracked black pepper and apricots. Pretty powerful stuff at nearly 60 percent abv! Finish: Oranges and subtle chocolate. Medium to long.
A very bourbon-esque Glen Keith. The heavy cask influence overshadows some of the fruitiness that other expressions from this period display.