Glenkinchie 1999 Distillers Edition

Glenkinchie 1999 Distillers Edition (43%, OB, G/285-7-D, 2012)

  • Category: Lowland single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Glenkinchie Distillery
  • Bottling: Diageo; Distillers Edition
  • ABV: 43%
  • Cost: £55.84


What they say:

After mellowing in a refill cask to develop the soft distillery character for a decade, a secondary maturation in a specifically chosen Amontillado cask wood ensures that all the good work continues.


Firm in body, light to medium in mouthfeel.


Golden brown.


Firmer, drier notes from soft vanilla to crisp grape. Sweeter, nuttier tones come from the malted barley and cask wood.


Dry, after early biscuit-sweetness. Enormous malt character contrasts with the fruitiness of the grape.


Very long, dry, oaky. Very faint peppery notes add spice, softened by very late caramel.

What I say:

The Distillers Edition range from Diageo represent something a little extra from their well-known range of classic malts. Each of these editions takes the standard maturation and adds a little finish in casks specifically selected to bring out the whisky character and make it shine whilst adding a little of the casks previous occupants influence too. For Glenkinchie “A light, floral whisky with a citrusy, creamy taste”, a further maturation in ex-Amontillado Sherry casks adds a little sweetness & fruit. Distilled in 1999 and bottled in 2012 would make this whisky around 13 years old – suggesting Glenkinchie 12 Years Old with ~ 6-12 months in an Amontillado Cask.


Amontillado sherry bright golden brown (10/20) fine tears and barely perceptible legs


A rounded fruity sweetness, with tangerine, orange, clementine, orange zest and ginger thick-cut marmalade, a heap of muskovado sugar and a little peach and apricot too add to the biscuity malt, hazelnut, oak wood and caramel mix with vanilla bean pods, white pepper and nutmeg.


Light and creamy, slightly refreshing, the citrus is still present but is more like candied peel in a jammy reduction, the clementine and perhaps a little grapefruit peel display with a hit of acridity of the caramelised oak wood, this is quite syrupy in mouthfeel and the sweetness really persists, more zest and citrus fruit peel.


Long, Sweet and drying, more orange citrus peel and zest, ginger and fudge or tablet


This is a definite improvement on the standard Glenkinchie 12 Years Old, masses of sweet citrus fruit peel and zest really take-over and carry the cereal barley malt along quite happily. Initially quite light and refreshing but later becomes sweet and drying – moreish like crunchy nut cornflakes!

Score: 86/100

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