...that offers the delicious Glen Keith profile of the nineties which is very quaffable, provided you like home-grown fruits, honeys ad waxes. No flaw or off-note, this is a fine Traditional Scotch.
The colour is pale straw and the nose offers the typical fruity-chalky profile this distillery is famous for. I really like this nose with its home-grown fruits, honeys and waxes, chalky-mineral aromas and spices, of course. It is a little punchy due to the high abv of 56% but it opens up nicely on some water (more fruits and floral notes). No off-note and all very balanced - just as a Traditional Scotch nose should be...
The taste is sweet on honeys and fruits (apples) with waxes and spices join in a later layer. It is nicely chewable and offers vanilla-marzipan flavours this way and a delicious milk chocolatey note towards the finish. All is perfectly balanced again and without any flaw. Water turns the taste smoother and more quaffable but the neat dram is more interesting to me.
The initial mouthfeel is hot (due to the high abv) and coating with a minor bitter-astringent moment (tannins). The finish is of medium length and adds more honeys and chocolatey flavours before the spices take over, finally. No bitter or drying moments here except a minor impression of green tea.