Whisky Review: Glenkinchie 28 Years Old 1987 Authentic Collection

Category: Lowland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Glenkinchie Distillery

Bottling: Cadenheads; Authentic Collection

ABV: 53.3%

Cost: £130

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What they say:

Distilled in 1987 at Glenkinchie Distillery, this was matured for 28 years in a single bourbon hogshead before bottling in April 2016 by Cadenheads. Producing 240 bottled at cask strength 53.3% ABV

What I say:

Dramvent Calender Day 22

This December I am attempting to sample and review a whisky everyday for the 24 days of Advent in the run up to Christmas. My very basic criteria as I sorted through my masses of whisky and samples were these:

  1. Single malt scotch only and should be (or have been) generally/easily available
  2. Each day must be from a different distillery
  3. Each day must be equivalent in age or older than the previous

Distilled at my local distillery, Glenkinchie, this is a rare independently bottled expression – rumoured to be the last cask in the possession of Cadenhead’s so we may be unlikely to see more from them. This cask has spent 28 years quietly maturing away, presumably waiting that long until Cadenheads deemed it either fit to bottle (or it wasn’t improving anymore?). Glenkinchie is an unusual single malt that fails to inspire me at the best of times, so I was intrigued when friends started raving about this rarity!

Colour:

Bronze gold/amontillado (11/20) fine tears and legs forming quickly

Nose:

Sweet sugar dummies, fresh lime zest & cordial (Rose’s Lime Cordial in fact), fresh citrus juice both lemon & lime, oak wood, light biscuit malty cereal, fig roll biscuits, lemon cream, orange oil, a little like Sauternes dessert wine, beeswax, chalk and drying linen.

Taste:

Savoury sweet & sour, spiced chilli jam, pineapple chunks, peach, apricot, lemon barley sugars, oaky wood and spices, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, white pepper, vanilla custard, something reminded me of a trip to the seaside and the various sweet treats encountered there.

Finish:

Long, sour lime, lime-flavoured Blackpool Rock, lemon, melon, woody spices

Overall:

Marvelously sweet & sour. This odd little expression has age in droves but underneath not a lot going on (i.e. Glenkinchie house style) the result is sweet and some odd estery fruit flavours that flip between sweet lemon, sour lime and tropical. The cask has added a little vanilla and a reasonable amount of spice.

Score: 89/100

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