Glen Keith 1995 – 22 year old (Claxton’s)
Non chill filtered
No added colouring
£103.09 from Master of Malt
A strong apple and pear initial sniff. Followed by some waxy lemons and creamy malt. There’s a touch of oak char and some cinnamon. A little time passed and the nose is sweeter now, more confectionary and very much reminiscent of refresher sweeties. The lemon citrus is brighter, sweet and bordering on lemonade. Old powdered lemon bonbons!
Sweet and sour initially, even quite acidic. This quickly turns thick on the mouthfeel and creamy. Leading with lemon juice, and adding a little custard cream in there for good measure, it’s been a while since I’ve had a lemon puff biscuit, but it reminds me of those! The development goes back into creamy vanilla and sweeter citrus territories.
The finish is bright, zingy lemons, with some sweetened vanilla, and lemon toffee bonbons. Very consistent all the way through nose, taste and finish.
Small drop added. The drop of water has made this dram a little less vibrant, the nose is creamier, the palate has a little less of the acid and more of the creamy vanilla and even more of a cake like note to it. The finish is lighter. The water has made this more accessible, but probably just a little less interesting, I personally prefer this without the water added. It’s awesome undiluted.
For 22 years young this dram still has a good amount of zing to it, very suitable for summer sipping. Very impressive.
Thanks to Claxton’s for the official review sample.