Whisky Review: Glenkinchie 12 Year Old

 

Style: Light and Crisp Fruits

Nose: 

A layer of crisp citrus lemon, apples and juniper berries on the first whiff. Vanilla and malt follows closely. Sharpened spice with a nice focus. Slightly fatter oils hide down at the deep. Hints of cucumbers on the tail.

Palate:

Light barley delivery on the palate. Fresh lemon tarts, cucumber high ball, malty toast as oak beckons. Slight grassy note towards the end.

Finish:

Subtle malt sweetness, dim medicinal herbs to finish.

Thoughts:

When I am tasting this, the term “summer drink” immediately spring to mind, despite the fact that I never see whisky as a seasonal drink. Light, sweet, refreshing with a touch of herbal greens. A lovely mid-summer seasonal style of whisky. Not a super malt, but it is a good addition to your whisky cabinet.

[43% • 2015 • Original Bottling • General Release • x+]

-Esmond

 

Dram Review: Glenkinchie 24 Years Old

[57.2%・Distilled in 1991・24 Years Old・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Edition]

Nose:

A shy nose that embarks with notes of pine wood, wild flowers and honeyed granola. Buttery waffles to follow with a spray of lime vapours and rounded off with grilled pineapple slices once it has been given ample time to open up.

Palate & Finish:

Lemony and lively, the citrus note jumps out and it brings out this clean maltiness that has been accentuated by the white oak note. A subtle honey sweetness inserts itself and this leads to a crisp but steady finish decorated with tannins.

Thoughts:

I am not usually a Glenkinchie fan; but this is certainly a fine offering, a dram I wouldn’t mind having more of. If Lowland malt is your thing, your prayers have been answered.

-Nicholas