15 April 2019

Glenkinchie 12yo

Glenkinchie is one of the few Lowland distilleries in Scotland. We’ve never really been a fan of Lowland whiskies, but we don’t know exactly why. I think it’s just too easy to overlook them.

However, when we attended a Diageo Distiller’s Edition themed tasting last year, we got introduced to Glenkinchie. I personally didn’t like what they did with the Distiller’s Edition, but I was rather impressed with the ‘default’ 12yo. It’s not mind blowing of course, but it’s a great one to start a tasting session with. It has a variety of flavours, is well balanced and doesn’t taste watered down. It’s bottled at 43% and is a beautiful representative for the Lowland style.

Tasting notes


Warming and sweet. Honey, floral and lots of nuts: mainly macadamia. Wood, moss, minerals, a subtle savoury note that vaguely reminds us of peated barley.


Soft, smooth and buttery. Salted nuts, vanilla, oak, banana and a whiff of petroleum jelly (Vaseline)


Not long, but just enough. Nutty, sweet and juicy, yellow prunes, grapes and vanilla ice.

Especially good on a warm spring day!