Glen Keith is another one of those new-ish distilleries that was built in the 50’s that then struggled in the 90’s and closed when there was a lull in the whisky market and more recently re-opened (2013). Having read up on its past, it appeared that Glen Keith was a distillery used by Pernod Ricard to provide an array of malts with different flavour profiles for their blends, most notably Chivas Regal. It can be difficult to know what to expect from distilleries that were mainly used to produce malts for blends. This Distillery Edition single malt suddenly appeared on the shelf of my local supermarket priced near £20.
Whisky: Glen Keith Distillery Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40%
Nose: Icing sugar, vegetal, metallic, tinned fruit
Taste: Zesty, light vanilla, vegetal, honey
Finish: Sightly buttery, vanilla
Summary: This is as bland a single malt you are going to find. It is all very light and delicate with some notes of vanilla and fruits to give you some indication that it is a whisky. There is a vegetal note metallic note throughout which isn’t pleasant. There is nothing memorable about this and maybe it is better suited to being a blend filler. At a stretch I would consider this a session whisky for those that are not big on whisky or maybe as something to use in cocktails.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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