Glenkinchie 12 Years Old

Glenkinchie 12 Years Old


What they say

This Lowland Single Malt is perfect as an apéritif or at the start of a meal thanks to its fragrant, light and appetising body and taste.

Official tasting notes

  • COLOUR Bright gold.
  • NOSE Very aromatic and flowery overall, like breathing in a country garden. Noticeable vanilla, cut flowers (daffodil, blossom and hints of lily) and beneath these, a clean, toasty note. Becomes increasingly sweet and creamy, with a lightly aromatic edge and fresh citrus, which all brings to mind lemon cheesecake. Water makes it still more creamy and scented.
  • TASTE A sweet soft start, like crême anglaise, soon becoming flowery again. A really smooth delivery, especially after adding a drop of water. The mid-palate is crisp and then the flavour settles into a tightly focused bundle of butter icing, lemon cheesecake and freesias.
  • FINISH Herbal and drying, a little like potpourri.

What I say

I recently revisited Glenkinchie distillery following their extensive renovation and remodelling into one of the Johnnie Walker Four Corners of Scotland. Gone was the old bowling green to be replace by carefully landscaped gardens, providing the vista for the new Cafe/tasting bar in what was one of the old maturation warehouses. The new tour incorporates both Glenkinchie and Johnnie Walker’s history and also features a Willie Wonka-esque Sensory room replete with fuzzy felt flowers on the walls & ceiling! In true Charlie fashion I managed to steal some fizzy lifting drinks (well actually I was served a Seedlip non-alcoholic cocktail) and was provided with a very handy drivers pack to bottle up my whisky samples to enjoy later. The first was Glenkinchie’s staple 12 Year Old.

  • ABV 43%
  • Age 12 Years Old
  • Bottler Diageo
  • Bottling Offical
  • Cask Undisclosed
  • Category Lowland single malt whisky
  • Cost £39.95
  • Origin Glenkinchie Distillery
  • Outturn Undeclared
  • Region Lowland
  • Released 2021
  • Vintage Undisclosed

My tasting notes

  • Appearance White wine gold (5/20), medium tears & legs.
  • Nose Sweet, floral, cereal, honey nut cornflakes, some soft citrus fruit, tangerine and lemon, dried orange zest and peel, lemon cheesecake with ginger nut biscuit base.
  • Taste Medium bodied, sweet, syrup and mealy, honey and oat flapjacks, porridge with golden syrup, lemon curd on buttered white toast.
  • Finish Medium-long, gentle lemon zest, honey and golden syrup.
  • Overall True to the cereal, fruit and floral nature, everything in moderation and pleasant.

Score 83/100

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