Some Glenkinchie today for you. Just the officials, there aren’t really many indies of Glenkinchie. Diageo keep most of it to themselves.
It’s a Lowland distillery (one of the few left), but unusually they double distil and have worm tub condensers. However, like Cragganmore, I don’t think they let it shine in the whisky.
Colour: A lighter version of Diageo GoldTM
Nose: Sweet and malty. Fruit- Apple, creamy apple pie, fresh pear, malt, creamy cereal, chocolate raisins, raspberry tea. Some Sherry influence, nut, polished wood, fruitcake, rum and raisin, banana and cherry.
Taste: Very gentle. Lots of malty cereal, grainy, soft fruit- Apple, raspberry, bit of toffee. Malty spice and vanilla pods.
Finish: Short length. Fades quickly with chocolate malt.
Lovely nose, bit too soft on the taste.
Glenkinchie 1996 Distiller's Edition 43%
Nose: A sweeter one. Artificial sherried sweetness- Raisin, cocktail cherry, some menthol and green apple, some very sweet oak, creamy vanilla.
Taste: Nuts, wood polish, creamy oak, mellow and creamy, fruity- Cherry, raisin and dates.
Finish: Medium length. Creamy toasted oak with some bitter tannins, coffee.
Distilled 1996, bottled 2011. Light, fruity and smooth. Very quaffable whisky.
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