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Glenkinchie Distillery

Region: Lowlands, Scotland.

Founded: 1837

Status: Operational

Owner: Diageo

Water source: Kinchie Burn

Ouput: 2.7 million litres alcohol per annum


Glenkinchie lies, as the name might suggest, in a glen of the Kinchie Burn near the village of Pencaitland, East Lothian. It is situated about 15 miles from Edinburgh. The distillery is set in farmland. The name ‘Kinchie’ is a corruption of ‘De Quincy’, the original owners of the land. Its origins date back to around 1825 when it was founded by brothers John and George Rate. While there are no direct records it seems likely that Glenkinchie is the Milton Distillery previous recorded in the area.[2] The brothers probably renamed it in about 1837. In 1969 the distillery stopped malting its own grain and the malting floors were turned into a museum of malt whisky.

The Glenkinchie label was relatively little known until 1989, when United Distillers started marketing it under their Classic Malts brand.

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Glenkinchie Whisky Reviews:

  • Glenkinchie-12-Years-Old-single-malt-scotch-whisky Glenkinchie 12 Years Old ~ 43% (Diageo) - Review: Glenkinchie 12 year old Category: Lowland single malts scotch whisky Origin: Glenkinchie Distillery Bottling: Diageo ABV: 43% ABV Cost: £35.45 from Master of Malt Score 67/100 What they say: From the Diageo classic malts. Glenkinchie, The Edinburgh Malt, is produced at Glenkinchie Distillery, Pencaitland established in 1837 by John and George Rate. It is situated […]
  • glenkinchie-28-year-old-1987-cadenheads-ac Glenkinchie 28 Years Old 1987 Authentic Collection ~ 53.3% (Cadenheads) - 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 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 […]
  • glenkinchie-1999-bottled-2012-amontillado-cask-finish-distillers-edition-whisky Glenkinchie Distillers Edition 1999 ~ 43% (Diageo) - Review: Glenkinchie 1999 (Bottled 2012) Amontillado Finish Distillers Edition Category: Lowland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glenkinchie Distillery Bottling: Diageo; Distillers Edition ABV: 43% Cost: £55.84 from Master of Malt Score: 86/100 What they say: After mellowing in a refill cask to develop the soft distillery character for a decade, a secondary maturation in a […]
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