Kinloch Malt


ABV 46%
REVIEWED Issue 141
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Brand: Strathspey, Kinloch Scotch Whisky
Expression: Strathspey
Type: Scotland Whisky / Blended Malt
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2016
ABV: 46%
Country/Region: Scotland
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Tasting notes
Taster   Laura Foster
Nose: Something light and cake-y, like an unbaked Victoria sponge mix with a bit of baking powder thrown in. Pecans and brown butter too.
Palate: Plenty of heat on this, which belies the moderate ABV. A real palate-prickler. On the lighter flavour spectrum – lemon oils, zingy white pepper, dried chilli flakes, wood shavings and cake mix (plus baking powder).
Finish: Spice and richer flavours dissipate, leaving a grassy lemon aftertaste.
Comment: The spice is right – heat dominates the front and mid-palate.
Taster   Mark Newton
Nose: Melon, lemon, grapefruit juice, sliding into apples and pineapple. All underpinned by grass cuttings and ground almonds.
Palate: Dominated by those fresh fruits of grapefruit, lemons and gooseberries. There’s a good dry-Riesling acidic minerality, earthy and clay-like, with grass cuttings. Fresh green apples.
Finish: Short, dry, chewy and dancing simply between the fresh fruits and grassiness.
Comment: Pleasant, though it lacks definitive character. Feels vague rather than subtle.
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