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Overall rating
85.28/100
votes
34
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Cask (TWC)
Vintage
1995
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Strength
52.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
28 Nov 2012 12:14 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 89,90

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Keith 1995 TWC

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.28 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017]  When in Keith everybody visits the Strathisla distillery but a few people only find the way to Glen Keith (and even less to Strathmill) what is a shame as this is a really nice spot and this distillery is capable of producing great malts with an adorable fruity profile.  So I do a head-to-head tonight of this 17-year old from 1995 versus a 24-year old from 1991 https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/81491/glen-keith-1991-twc to check how the additional maturation time changes the whisky.

    Colour:  The colour of the 17 is about one shade darker at pale gold while the 24 is at pale straw (so I am afraid of another very inactive or depleted cask).  The texture of the 17 shows some fast legs and late medium tears.  The 24 shows many fast legs and a few late fat tears.

    Nose:  The 24 offers that typical fruity Glen Keith profile imbedded in a strong barley sugary and wooden structure.  Nicely balanced but not as intense as I had hoped for (yes, the cask was not very active over the 24 years).  The 17 shows a stronger aromas profile (from a more active cask) that is centered around grassy-herbal notes.  Personally I like the 24 a little better.

    Initial mouthfeel:  The 24 arrives unspectacular in the mouth with nothing special to mention.  The 17 is better here with a warming and slightly coating feeling.  Both show no distracting moments (bitter/drying/adstringent).

    Taste:  The 17 offers a balanced sugary sweet-summer floral-spicy flavours profile that is not overly complex but easy drinkable.  Some hints of fruits lurk in the background.  The 24 shows more fruits on the palate and (surprisingly) quite substantial roasted coffee and chocolatey flavours (do you know these chocolate-coated coffee beans that are served in some coffee shops as a side snack to your espresso?).  That is really adorable, I like that!  It is significantly more complex than the 17 and even somewhat layered.  Not too bad...and this round goes clearly to the 24.

    Finish:  The 24 has a medium length finish on even more chocolatey and minty flavours (like "After Eight" in a very light version), no bitter or drying moments.  The finish of the 17 is of comparable length and fades out on the same sweet and herbal profile like the taste.  It has no bitter or drying feelings either.  Again I give this round to the 24.

    Water releases more aromas in both drams and turns the 17 smoother and more balanced so I like it much better when reduced by some water (2 points up).  The 24 offers more of the chocolate-coated coffee beans aromas when reduced but this drives the dram a little out of its nice balance so I like it better when neat.

    Both drams are easy sippable and a fair value for the buck (these days).  I personally like the 24 more because of its adorable flavours profile but if you own a different taste I can imagine that you prefer the 17.  Interesting that the exhausted cask of the 24 produced nevertheless a fine aromas profile that just is a little too shy - but the chocolate-coated coffee beans I really loved...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. Calmar scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Quite a mole, a deep enough and rich flavor, though not having a wide range of ingredients; the taste / finish is vigorous and pleasant, the barrel fell well on the base.
    • Nose
      Open, saturated, flowery-herb, grass, both fresh and dry, hay, dry wood dust, lemon peel, thyme, lovage, apples, light notes of sulfur and radish
    • Taste
      Sweet peppery, oak, lacquer, lemon and orange peel, a little vegetable oil, ginger,
    • Finish
      Spicy, peppery with apple sourish, oak, grapefruit peel, chemical some bitterness, plastic, fruit compote, lemon rind, cumin.

  3. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes by THEWHISKYCASK


    Smell: sweet and fruity with honey and pineapple

    Taste: ripe, fruity pineapple and peach flavors with mild wildflower honey

    Resonance: medium and quite strong

    Tip: With the addition of water, more aromas are released.

  4. Toffie76 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Very beautiful delicate and precise floral nose. The finish a nothing brutal
    • Nose
      Rose water, bitter oranges, tincture of benzoin. Floral and fruity. Honey, sweet sap, clover, vanilla, vegetable mousse, liquorice. A register that revolves around a sweet / bitter balance.
    • Taste
      Powerful enough to attack. The fruity is less present than the nose. An alcohol a little too present. A nice malty development in the middle of the mouth with a return of fruity towards the end.
    • Finish
      The finish is a bit steeper with a little too much bitterness for my taste.

  5. Bishlouk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A profile of course fruity, but less unctuous and less greedy than other Glen Keith I have already tasted. Nevertheless nice enough, even if fairly standard finally.
    • Nose
      Powerful, fruity, and addictive. Vanilla pear, a pinch of ginger, rhubarb, fresh nectarine. After aeration, volutes of herbaceous freshness appear.
    • Taste
      Vanilla and sweet first, then a fruity / spicy explosion in the mouth. The basket of fresh fruits falls on the taste buds, accompanied by notes of peppery ginger. A rather monolithic but pleasant mouth.
    • Finish
      Average. The slightly tart green apple points the tip of his nose, followed by a few drops of pepper lemon.

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