Berry Brothers & Rudd is one other venerable unbiased bottler which curates all kinds of spirits past single malts (wine, gin, Cognac, and so forth). This well timed overview takes us again to a 2018 launch and Speyside’s Glen Keith distillery. A little bit of historic background through Berry Bros. web site:
Glen Keith (a.okay.a. Glenkeith), was established on the location of a corn mill in 1957 by Chivas Brothers, who additionally owned the present Strathisla distillery close by.
It was the primary new malt distillery to have been based in Scotland since a earlier growth in late Victorian instances. Glen Keith initially had three stills; the distillery was designed so as to produce a triple distilled single malt – very uncommon for a Speyside distillery.
The variety of stills was elevated to five in 1970 once they completely switched to double distillation. Glen Keith had the primary gas-fired nonetheless in Scotland and pioneered the usage of computer systems within the trade.
Its official single malt was first launched in 1994. Like a number of malts from this district, it has a suggestion of contemporary wooden. The distillery belongs to Chivas (Pernod Ricard) and it’s operational.
Which brings us to the precise pour. The nostril is vigorous with gentle lemon peel and almond notes however is overloaded with a word of freshly lower grass that doesn’t let up, even with a while to relaxation and a little bit of water. The palate is acidic and scorching, with a great deal of toffee and black pepper mellowing with time. Water brings out a little bit of cinnamon, and never a lot else. The end is dry and medium in size: stuffed with oak and a reprisal of the grassy word from the nostril. Simplicity is in abundance.
Maybe this bottling is one thing uncommon to problem individuals, however there’s something off about what’s right here that runs inconsistent with expectations: Earlier Glen Keith expressions and Berry Bros bottlings I’ve tried delivered the products. This didn’t.
102.8 proof. Reviewed: Cask #82818.
C / $200