Glen Keith is one of those distilleries from which you barely hear anything, and then all of a sudden every other bottler has (in this case) a 1970 bottling out. It happened with Ardmore 18, Tamdhu 19 and 20, Lochside 1981 and many more over the last few years.
At first it is quite sharp but it soon becomes a bit more mellow. Also that roasted oak flavour. The palate is warm, with cake, baking spices and quite a lot of wood influence. Also something oily with a tad of almonds.
The finish also has something spicy in a hotter way, more peppery. Spices and wood again, with a slight drying effect and hints of dark chocolate.
This is a terrific dram in any way you look at it. Its quite different from the TWA bottling, but that is a good thing. Keeping things varied. The nose and taste are really complex with massive amounts of flavours bouncing around. If you expect a dram to blow you away, this isn’t that, but if you want a dangerously drinkable dram that can keep you busy for a few evenings, check this one out!
Glen Keith 40, 1970, Malts of Scotland, 47.9%, bourbon hogshead #6042, available at Jurgen’s Whiskyhuis for € 189