Ever since that fateful night out in 2013 with the chaps from Master of Malt, we have been lucky enough to release several batches of our That Boutique-y Whisky Company bottling. We chose Glen Keith, due to the highly experimental nature of the distillery, and the fact Chivas Bros have breathed new life into it over the past few years. For a while in the late noughties, it looked as though Glen Keith may shut for good, however we are pleased to hear it is now restored to its former glory and producing several million litres of spirit per year. When I say experimental, they played around with peating the water instead of the barley to make smoky whisky, investigated the effect of different yeast strains, made spirit from a wheat-based mash bill, and alternated between triple and double distillation until the 1980s. Today it is still home to the Chivas Bros Lab. Anyway, I digress. The fourth batch of Glen Keith from TBWC is now available, and for the first time we have an official age statement; 24 years. Here goes…
Glen Keith Batch 4 – 24yo
That Boutique-y Whisky Company
49.7 % ABV
Nose: Creamy vanilla, potpourri, warm pastries, fresh laundry, marshmallows and candyfloss. A real delicate sweetie.
Palate: A touch of white pepper to begin, along with peaches in syrup, pink wafers, neopolitan ice cream, white chocolate, banana fritters and caramelised pineapple.
Finish: A floral sweetness is balanced by nutmeg and white chocolate.
Overall: Very impressed! The very first whiff and the relatively pale colour of the whisky (especially for a 24yo) had me doubting if this would match up to the other releases, but boy does it pull through in the end. A very delicate dram full of sweet, fruity and floral notes with just a hint of spice to balance things out. Delish.