Review: Glenkinchie 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

12 years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Glenkinchie (East Lothian, Scotland)

Glenkinchie is one of the few distilleries in the lowlands of Scotland - a region typically known for producing a lighter style of whisky. This is another Diageo malt, the lowland representative of the Diageo Classic Malts collection.

Review (2016)

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The nose is full of apple, toffee, and almond – and still a bit raw – I would like this with even a bit more age to it. Light - grape, almond, cherry liquer, vanilla, and a bit of malt. The palate carries a bit of that cherry to it – but it is the malt which emerges here, coming in full force, but it is quite clean, and a bit roasted – like crystal malt. There is also a good kick of vanilla which sweetens it all up. Rather sweet in the grand scheme of Scotch, and a bit simple – but it is clear what the vision of the malt is, and that is achieved – an easy, light, approachable dram. The finish is sweet and malty.

Value: Low, at $90.