Glenkinchie Distillery is located in the beautiful region of East Lothian, only 30 minutes from the capital city of Edinburgh. Glenkinchie is a classic lowland distillery, set in an idyllic landscape of rolling barley fields. The local Lammermuir Hills provide the water for our distillery, producing the light, fruity, dry Edinburgh Malt. For those visiting Edinburgh this winter, be sure to stop by the Glenkinichie Distillery to try this rare and exceptional Distillery Only bottle only available in the Visitors Centre.
Brand Home Guide, Liz Lockhart is here to introduce the Distillery Only bottle…
A unique and complex expression, the Distillery Only experience is both familiar and totally unique for fans of Glenkinchie. Matured in specially selected American and European casks, only 6000 bottles of this 48% ABV expression have been produced. Its unique cask story and limited edition release make it worth the visit and promise all the characteristics of Glenkinchie but with a different flavour profile.
In creating this limited edition expression of Glenkinchie, the focus was on getting a liquid where wood and distillery characters were in balance. Neither dominated the other as they worked in complete harmony. This was achieved thanks to the specially selected casks of refill European/ American oak that were a true representative of Glenkinchie’s distillery character. The spirit was blended then transferred back into American oak casks that had been specially charred. The liquid was only held in these casks for just enough time for the wood to infuse a sweet spicy character, it was then blended again and filled into refill European oak casks to rest.
When enjoyed neat, the aroma boasts a combination of rich dried fruits, fresh green apples and melon with just a hint of meaty heaviness in the background.
With water, more floral and perfumed notes comes to the fore but you still get the rich and green notes but the woody spicy aromas now become noticeable and it is very mellow on the nose.
As for the flavours of this limited edition Glenkinchie, with the first sip the European oak is evident on the palate but as this disappears the mouth becomes a medley of flavours – fruit preserve, melon, sweet spicy with just a hint of oak. The finish is medium to long with just a touch of dryness.
As with the aroma the addition of water introduces another dimension – more floral/perfumed notes while still retaining its richness and spice. The finish is a bit shorter but still quite drying.
Enjoy this dram with a dark mint chocolate to heighten the powerful aroma and flavours.
A tour of the Glenkinchie Distillery is highly recommended with an opportunity to buy this exclusive Distillery Only bottle at the end. Why not come on foot via the Pencaitland railway walk to take in the fantastic scenery? While you’re in Edinburgh, visitors are sure to also enjoy The Flavour of Scotland Tour.
This winter, come and visit our picturesque distillery and experience a real taste of Scotland. Your visit begins in our unique exhibition on the original Malting Floors, home to the renowned model distillery. You will then be met by your guide and led through the distillery production area, learning how we make our 'water of life'. To finish your tour, you are welcomed into our bar for a tasting of Glenkinchie Single Malt Whisky.
Round off your visit with a truly unique tasting experience with our Distillery Only bottle.