Whisky Reviews

Glenkinchie 12 Year Old


I’d say it’s about time we have a look at some Lowland whisky, as I have not reviewed many thus far (which is quite natural, of course, what with there only being 3 left in production!). The particular one I have in mind is Glenkinchie 12 year old, yet another Diageo brand.

Founded in 1825, its history is dry and uninteresting, and we will skip right past it. Unfortunately it is not only the history of this whisky that is uninteresting, though. The taste, aroma and just about everything else about it falls under the same category. I suppose that may well be the reason why an overwhelming majority of the whisky produced at the distillery goes on to form a part of various blends.

Don’t get me wrong here, Glenkinchie is by no means a bad whisky – it is simply very, how should I put it.. Average. Even that would be fine if it wasn’t for the fact that it is priced around $46 which places it in the same price range as some much more interesting malts; Laphroaig Quarter Cask and Glenmorangie 10 year old, to name two.

The nose presents a hefty serving of malty sweetness along with flowers, vanilla and honeyed, toasted, cereal. The different aromas do come together nicely, but I can’t help but think something is missing. On the palate you will find more sweetness and malt, a hint of spice and very ripe fruit and the texture is quite creamy. Again, not at all unpleasant, but unfortunately it is just not exciting at all… There is nothing to make you long for the next sip.

Color: A pale gold.

Nose: Light, sweet, barley malt, flowers, honeyed cereal and vanilla.

Taste: Sweet malt, a hint of spice and very ripe fruit. Creamy, but unexciting.

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About Whisky Critic

My name is Martin and I live in Scotland. I love fine things in life, such as gourmet food, travelling around the world and, last but not least, whisky (naturally, I’m partial to a tipple of whiskey or bourbon as well). I have tasted hundreds of whiskies during the recent years and I finally decided to share my experience.

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