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The whisky

List of the bottles

Official 10 years 75/100
5
4 1
Official 12 years old 76/100
4
1 3
Official Distillers edition 1987 81/100
4
4 0
Malts of Scotland 1975, Sherry Hogshead 89/100
1
1 0
Signatory Cask strength collection 1987 75/100
1
1 7 BT2006

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Glenkinchie: official bottlings

Glenkinchie

10 years

Collection
Classic Malts
Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Official
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75/100
The colour is yellow, the nose sweet, full and well balanced has some lemon, herbal and malty hints.
The palate is sugared and marked by the malt (porridge) and yeast (beer) with a touch of peat.
The finish, of average length confirms this impressions.
A pleasant, but simple whisky.
Personal Comment
A general impression of a pleasant whisky, with however some lacks of character. The typical character of a Lowland whisky (freshness and cut grass) is not detected immediately. A good whisky, no more no less. It is famous because it belongs to the "Classic Malts" collection.
74/100
A second tasting just confirmed the first one.
74/100
The nose is really dominated by malt with however some slight leather (?) notes and is rather simple, without complexity. The typical smell of cut grass is really missing in this Lowland whisky. In the palate, malt is also the essential ingredient of the taste which is definitely sugared. A rather simple taste without any surprise. A sugared finish without any depth.
74/100
A rather clear nose, with sweet hints marked by lemon (no acidity, but a smell like lemon juice). In the palate, some peat on a malty background and some slightly acid touches, which could have been more clear. A rather flat finish, also on sweet notes.
74/100

Glenkinchie

Distillers edition 1987

Collection
Distillers Edition
Age
14 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
Sherry Amantillado
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81/100

The colour is yellow-orange. The nose, first fruity is marked by the sherry and grilled nuts, then goes on to fresh cut grass hints, present after dilution.
This impression is confirmed in the palate.
A sweet-sour finish evokes cereals.

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Personal Comment
This Lowlands, part of the Classic Malts, distillers edition, is a very fresh whisky with very nice cut grass hints. An excellent whisky from an area which is unfortunately too less represented at this quality level in the whisky world, which is dominated by Speyside malts. It is true that those whiskies have generally more characters. This special edition is certainly its price worth, even if it is relatively expensive.
84/100
The cut grass freshness is slightly dominated by the sherry in this whisky. The taste remains typical of a Lowland, light and pleasant, and the sherry, even if it is still present in the palate, does not denature the characteristic freshness of malts from that area. a pleasant finish, just all ingredients to make a very good whisky.
84/100
During the third tasting, the nose confirmed the first two tastings, allying freshness and sherry hints, with however a dominant character of sherry. In the mouth, the fruity character of a Lowland is somehow hidden by the sherry, and the whole misses clearly some balance. The finish is rather short and fruity with some bitter hints.
74/100

Glenkinchie Independent bottlings

Glenkinchie

1975, Sherry Hogshead

Age
33 years
Alcohol percentage
57,2 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Sherry hogshead
Cask number
single cask 2968
Dates
Distil: 6/8/1975 Bottling: 03/2009
Bottle
5 of 174 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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89/100
Glenkinchie 1975 Malts of Scotland
Personal Comment

Colour: Old gold
After the first a bit unpleasant tingling due to alcohol which seems to be moderately under control, tingling fortunately disappearing quickly, the nose reveals beautiful notes of plum jam mixed with hints of toast.
A first impression on the palatemixing acid notes of green fruit, a bit of cut grass and sherry that comes in force after a few moments with its notes of plum jam give great complexity to the whisky. The balance comes also, but only a little later.
The finish is long and hot enough and the same notes of sherry with a hint of bitterness prolong the pleasure for long minutes.
89/100


Glenkinchie: Samples

Glenkinchie

Cask strength collection 1987

Collection
Cask strength Collection
Age
17 years
Alcohol percentage
57 %
Bottler
Signatory
Cask number
single cask 2834
Dates
Distil: 1987 Bottling: 2005
Bottle
237 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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BT2006 75/100
Personal Comment
The very first nose is aggressive, medicinal (smells like ether) and alcohol is too much present. It happily improves, and this unpleasant characteristics fade soon. The nose remains however tingling and difficult to describe. Hay and cut grass with pepper?
The first impression in the palate is dryness, complexity and it seems clearly more interesting than the nose was, even if the alcohol feeling remains. Pear alcohol hints and quite a marked bitterness with a development on smoother malty notes.
The finish is warm, lingering and relatively bitter.
79/100

Glenkinchie

12 years old

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Official
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76/100
Personal Comment
A rather sweet nose with honey, mslt and ripe fruits hints. The mouth prolongs nicely the nose, even if it is a bit more complex and expressive than the nose was. Near the honey and the fruits, some slightly acid notes are present as well as a touch of nuts at the end. The finish is relatively short and the smooth notes of mouth and nose remain discretely.
74/100
Date of tasting: 4/7 2008
Apperance: New Gold
Nose: Straight nose is very sharp, winey and fragrant. It also has lots of green apples together with a rather peculiar mossy and kippery smell, almost like anchovies with soy sauce and stale water. Reduced nose has more of the fresh green apples, a very light and fragrant smokiness, more like incence than anything else, vanilla, grassy green-house hints (tomato plants perhaps) and a slight woodiness.
Body: Light to medium, long tears.
Palate: Straight it's intense and full of flavour. It's quite a refreshing dram with unique notes. The start is a little winey and soft, the middle is intense with some flowers and maltiness. The finish is very long and a little spicy with lots of other delicate hints, burnt ! shellfish came to mind. After a minute or two the green apples reappeared on the palate. The reduced dram lost the start and finish completely, drink neat.
79/100

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