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Whisky Reviews for Glen Keith 1997 Ch7
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.36 points
- Not what I expected after 17 years.
Very shy nose, doesn't give away a lot. After a few minutes you get some sweet malt vanilla and a light banana alcohol mix. No Speyside (whisky) smell to find at all.
Pepper and malt sweetness. Spices in a cheesy and creamy environment (Not my personal favourite taste in whisky).
Very woody and still a creamy finish.
- Banana Split
Glen Keith rarely disappoints. This bottling by the Swiss company Chapter 7 is a very pale Glen Keith from 1997. The cask yielded 309 bottles, which I find quite a lot.
The nose is fresh and… a little strange. As expected, I got some white fruit and gooseberries, soft honey and some coconut, but it has a strange edge that makes it quite young, but not in a good way. I cannot pinpoint it (yoghurt, cheese, a combination of both?), but it makes it smell more like a liqueur than a whisky. Or a grappa. Luckily it is not dominant. What is dominant is banana. With ice-cream. A veritable Banana Split! Adding water makes it somewhat foul, actually.
It has a good body. Mouthcoating. Spicy. The pepper and wood keep the fruit at bay, though. It tastes quite pure. Naked, if you know what I mean. Very malty. More malt than fruit in any case, which surprises me somewhat. Hint of aniseed. Again I get the impression of tasting a very young malt, while this matured for almost two decades. Tired wood? Diluted it becomes maltier still and there is no trace of fruit. This is more like a pint of stale beer.
The finish is long on pepper and banana. It dies a very dry, almost woody, death.
I had expected much more of this Glen Keith, to be honest. Like I said: Glen Keith rarely disappoints. This is one of those rare occasions. Especially if you dilute it. Thanks for the sample, Jurgen.
Almonds and marzipan are the dominant flavours, accompagnied by something strange and surprising. Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me, but I would have sworn to notice some Emmental cheese (from Switzerland, hence my suspicion) in it. A light alcohol sting makes room for juicy yellow apples, raisins and banana filling for cupcakes. Slightly drying wood scents with coconut and menthol.
Water makes it cloudy, just like the Allt-a-Bhainne. The banana filling comes to the front with unsweetened applesauce and malt biscuits.
A creamy, yet spicy mouthfeel. Sweet apples with vanilla custard.
A small, but necessary, splash of water gives you a peppery wake-up call and treats you with wood shavings and the maltiness from pilsner beers. Sweet peanuts and aromatic pear syrup infused with clove.
A long sweet aftertaste with plenty of wood and menthol. Aniseed candy and creamy peanutbutter.
Malty and perfumed with hints of new leather, lavender and wood shavings
Peppery initially, with ginger and cinnamon. Creamy with hints of citrus fruits