Glen Keith 33 yo 1971/2005 (51.9%, Jack Wieber's Old Train Line)
Colour: deep amber. Nose: incredibly winey at first nosing, almost like an old Sauternes, with whiffs of peat smoke (did they use their now famous concentrated peaty water at the time?) Some funny notes of very ripe tomatoes, goulash, carrot cake, maybe pumpkin soup… It gets fruitier with time, developing on overripe oranges and kiwis, balsamic vinegar, old clementines, with something toffeeish – and always these whiffs of smoke. I say it’s superb!
Mouth: oh yes, this is a great sherried one. Lots of vivacity, very playful – not the ‘sluggish’, limpy kind of sherry at all. Lot of dried fruits, both tropical and ‘northern’, fruit liqueurs, freshly squeezed oranges, with also quite some rum-and-raisins this time. Dunce, toffee, praline, old sweet wine (more old Rivesaltes than sherry). No peat that I can get. Beautiful! The finish is rather long, quite coffeeish and liqueurish – wow, what a beauty. And it didn’t get drying at all, hence my 93 points.