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Glenkinchie 12 Years Old
 43%   |    70cl, 20cl

This subtly sophisticated Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a superb pre-dinner drink; try it with a few drops of water.

This subtly sophisticated Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a superb pre-dinner drink; try it with a few drops of water.

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"A very linear aromatic display. No surprise. Just pleasant."

Martine Nouet 2007, Whisky Magazine, Issue 66

The perfect
SERVE

Glenkinchie 12 Year Old makes a delightful aperitif. Serve it in a martini glass with a few drops of water for a little flare.

Pairing
WHISKY &...

Fragrant, light and even creamy, Glenkinchie works magic when paired with cheese cake or even Cullen Skink.

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Pairing
WHISKY &...

Try Glenkinchie with your favourite savoury snacks to find which pairs best.

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-16 + 20 /40 10.0

Glenkinchie 12 Years Old
Taste the character and craft in every drop.

Smoky Rich Delicate Light

Region

The undisputed champion of the light Lowland style.

Appearance

Bright gold.

Nose

Aromatic, vanilla, cut flowers and beneath, a clean, toasty note. Increasingly sweet and creamy, with fresh citrus, lemon cheesecake.

Body

Light, smooth.

Palate

Crisp mid-palate then butter icing, lemon cheesecake and freesias.

Finish

Herbal and drying, a little like potpourri.

Information:

Distillery: GlenkinchieTM

Age: 12 years old

Strength: 43% ABV

Place of Origin: Pencaitland

Region: Lowland

Taste:

in brief… Glenkinchie at its best.

in a sentence… A smooth, gently appetising Lowlander; flowery, ‘perfect for a picnic.’

Nose:

Very aromatic and flowery overall, like breathing in a country garden. Noticeable vanilla, cut flowers (daffodil, blossom and hints of lily) and beneath these, a clean, toasty note. Becomes increasingly sweet and creamy, with a lightly aromatic edge and fresh citrus, which all brings to mind lemon cheesecake. Water makes it still more creamy and scented.

Palate:

A sweet soft start, like crême anglaise, soon becoming flowery again. A really smooth delivery, especially after adding a drop of water. The mid-palate is crisp and then the flavour settles into a tightly focused bundle of butter icing, lemon cheesecake and freesias.

AWARDS
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Expert Reviews
Insights from some of the best in the business

"Very pretty on the nose. Violets, sweet grain and orange. Lovely and sweet, slightly syrupy."

Ed Bates 2014, Whisky Magazine, Issue 118, p.106

"Like Dalwhinnie, Glenkinchie starts life as a (deliberately) sulfury new make, but this character falls away in time to reveal delicacy. As a 10 year old, that sulfur could still be hanging around — one reason for the switch to a 12 year age statement. The improvement is noticeable. Here are gently lifted floral notes, hints of dry grass, and crisp pear. The feel is gentle and slow in the center, while vanilla creeps into the finish. Not complex, but very pleasant."

Dave Broom, The Whisky Advocate Summer 2012

"A decent dram showing the Lowlanders need not lack substance."

Rob Allanson 2009, Whisky Magazine, Issue 79

"The nose is fresh and floral, with spices and citrus fruits, plus a hint of marshmallow. Notably elegant. Water releases cut grass and lemon notes. Medium-bodied, smooth, sweet and fruity, with malt, butter and cheesecake. The finish is comparatively long and drying, initially rather herbal."

Gavin D Smith, Malt Whisky Yearbook 2015, p.125

"The nose is light and flowery, with wet meadow notes and cucumber, the palate is pure barley with a touch of star anise spice and an earthy note"

Dominic Roskrow, Malt Whisky Yearbook 2015, p.125