Glenkinchie Tattoo Edition

Glenkinchie The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Edition

What they say

Glenkinchie Distillery has announced the release of an exclusive single malt Scotch bottling in partnership with The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Glenkinchie Tattoo is the official whisky of the annual event, with the limited-edition run of 6,000 bottles available to taste at the event and to purchase from the Glenkinchie East Lothian distillery and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Shop.

Ramsay Borthwick, the Senior Site Manager at Glenkinchie Distillery adds: “We are proud to be the official whisky of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019. This highly prized release has been specially selected by our expert team at the distillery as a celebration of our heritage as “the Edinburgh Malt” and the unique partnership between two of the city’s greatest icons, both celebrating our glorious history.”

Created from the Glenkinchie reserves, this exclusive Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo bottling is a natural partnership between two institutions deeply rooted in Scottish tradition. The resulting collaborative liquid, chosen together by the Tattoo and Glenkinchie teams, produces a distinctive release with true Edinburgh character.

Located just 15 miles outside Edinburgh, the nearby Glenkinchie Distillery was established in 1837 by John and George Rate and is situated amongst the rolling hills where some of the world’s finest barley is grown. Named after the Kinchie burn (river), the distillery produces whisky well known for its enormous character and depth.

Matured in rejuvenated hogsheads and American oak barrels, Glenkinchie Tattoo opens with a burst of dried fruits, raisins, red grapes on the nose, followed by warm baking spices, butterscotch and sweet Scottish tablet. Cranberry and red apple are ever present bringing with them a freshness and fruity characters which remain ever-present on the palate.

The first sip brings a subtle yet woody spice and burnt oranges to the palate, with the spice and planed oak elements becoming more pronounced when adding a splash of water. The creamy finish lingers, finishing off with warming yet sweet and aromatic notes of the limited edition liquid. Glenkinchie Tattoo will retail at RSP £65 per 70cl bottle with only 6,000 bottles available and is bottled at 46% ABV.

Official tasting notes

  • NOSE Dried fruits, raisins, red grapes, followed by butterscotch and Scottish tablet. Cranberry and red apple are ever present. Warm baking spices progressively opening over time
  • PALATE Sweet, rich, warmth, aromatic
  • FINISH Red fruits, butterscotch notes. A splash of water releases spice and oak aromas, helping the gives a creamy finish which lingers on the palate

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. Following the 12 year old standard bottling we explored the recent (2019) released Tattoo Edition, non-drivers also explored this further as a highball cocktail.

  • ABV 46%
  • Age NAS
  • Bottler Diageo
  • Bottling Tattoo Edition
  • Cask American oak
  • Category Lowland single malt whisky
  • Cost £65
  • Origin Glenkinchie Distillery
  • Outturn 6000 bottles
  • Region Lowland
  • Released 2019
  • Vintage Undisclosed

My tasting notes

  • Appearance Amber gold (7/20), rare, slow, medium tears & legs.
  • Nose Rounder on the nose and more fruity, red apples, some cherry pie, plum, woodier oak, tropical fruits; banana and pineapple, cereal, floral, vanilla, hard butterscotch candies.
  • Taste Creamy butterscotch, softened fruits with tangy and tinned pineapple, apple, pear and plum and cherry notes, polished oak wood, dark chocolate orange, lemon and orange sherbet.
  • Finish Medium-long, drier, sherbet persists, sweet honey and drying white pepper, butterscotch and lime sweeties.
  • Overall Fuller and more flavoured than the standard 12 year old and the addition of some extra fruity notes adds substance where often I find it to be lacking or a bit thin at least. Perhaps the delivery at 46% ABV has really helped here.

Score 84/100

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