And another whisky out of left field. This is not just from the Lowland region, albeit from one of the more well known of the handful of distilleries there, but it is also a bottle hand filled from one of the exclusive distillery casks. This was an incredibly weird whisky, I got a lot of gin-like notes off of it and so I guessed it was a rum cask matured Glen Keith which was the only other whisky I’ve tried that had such a character.
Initial impressions: No bubbles, doesn’t look oily. Dark colour. Smells very weird, almost like a gin. Not a fan.
Guess: Glen Keith 1992 Alembic Jamaican Rum Cask (https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/80850/glen-keith-1992-ac)
Aged 9 years. 59.9% ABV. Matured in an Oloroso sherry cask. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.
Nose: Juniper. Cucumber. The bad knockoff of fanta. Grapes. White rum type fruity notes.
Palate: Spicy, salty notes, then very rich sweet fruits. Blueberries. Somewhat creamy. Hints of bitter oak..
Finish: Medium. Bitter oak. Bitter fruits. Anise. Licorice pastilles.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: No
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: No
Definitely one of the stranger whiskies I’ve tried. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes strange whiskies can be very very good, but for me this one was just too far in the opposite direction of the strange I like.