As promised we are back to Hunter Laing and their Old Malt Cask series with a cask from the Glen Keith distillery. Glen Keith was the first distillery to open in Speyside after the great crash in 1898, opening its doors in 1958. Always owned by Chivas Bros it was mothballed in 1999 and then reopened in 2012. Almost all of its production goes into blends for export markets but a few casks escape that fate and wind up in the hands of independent bottlers like Hunter Laing.
This is the first time we have seen an expression from this distillery in any edition so it is exciting to add another name to the ever growing list.
Old Malt Cask –
20 Year Old Single Malt – Bottled at 50% and aged in a refill sherry butt HL13359.
Colour: Rich gold
Nose: Rose petals and English Toffee. Turkish delight.
Palate: Chewier than I thought it would be with robust flavors of bitter dark chocolate, pomegranate and quince.
Finish: The fruit rolls on with a burst of dry sherry jumping in at the death. Its the pomegranate that seems to be the heavy lifter here for me all the way through.
A very interesting dram from Old Malt Cask. Loving the sherry refill after 20 years as I had to mull it over for sometime to get to the bottom of everything that was going on. Even now as I sit here there are some other flavors still trying to push their way to the top.
If you really like this dram it is available for Canadians (sorry Southern cousins). Just email me and we will get it sorted for you.
On day 21 in the 3rd edition we had the Wemyss Malts Marmalade Appeal Glenrothes 27 year old.
Please head over to Scotch Trooper as we head towards Christmas I have it on good authority that there will be some awesome climactic shots to look at.
Tomorrow we have another amazing Single Malt Combo from Samaroli. These 20+ year old Samaroli blended malts are always incredible so I am thinking this will be something special.
Looking forward to your company tomorrow
Until then dram safe and dram often