Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling 70cl / 55.1%
This is from 2010 special releases and, like many of Diageo's 'lighter' malts, shows that Glenkinchie is a different animal entirely when not diluted down to 40%. This is a wonderful example of the make, elegant, spicy, complex and delicious. Well worth trying if you want to see a more genuine side to Glenkinchie.
Glenkinchie 20 year old, Special Release Distilled 1990, Bottled 2010.
Colour: Pale Gold
Nose: Smells somehow much older than it is but simultaneously incredibly fresh. Newly cut grass, sweet oak, green apples, beeswax, honeycomb, like so many other light spirits Glenkinchie seems to come alive with a bit of age behind it, this leaves the standard 12yo in the dust. Now some ripe pears, bananas, pineapple and juicy fruit chewing gum, great early morning whisky. Its really fresh and lively but there is no denying its maturity, it seems perfectly aged. A hint of spice in the background.
Palate: At full strength the attack is big but tethered by some very lovely honeysuckle and delicate vanilla notes. More grassiness and green fruit with a hint of minerality as well. Then some really well infused spiciness and tanned leather, hints of old books and floral aspects like dandelions. A little water brings some drier elements to the fore, more white fruit, hessian, some nail polish and cocoanut.
Finish: Quite long and sweet, fading honey, clean vanilla, oak and some glimmers of green fruits.
Comments: I really think Glenkinchie comes alive with age, this is a great, natural example of the make. Good, tasty whisky.
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