85

Score

Signatory 'Glenisla' (distilled at Glen Keith), Cask #19600, 29 year old, 1971 vintage, 50%

Price: $300.00 Issue: Summer 2007 Reviewer: John Hansell

Glenisla was an experiment by the parent company-who only owned Speyside distilleries-to produce a smoky, "Islay-style" whisky at Glen Keith. It is quite smoky, but without the coastal characteristics (brine, seaweed). Instead, it displays notes of ripe barley, ginger, lemon peel, and licorice stick along with all that peat smoke. A rather straight-forward, uncomplicated, yet very pleasant smoky whisky. If only all the Speyside distilleries did this 30 years ago.