12 Years old

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 66, Issue 72, Issue 79
Brand: Glenkinchie
Expression: 12 Years old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 12 years old
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Scotland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
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Glenkinchie Distillery, Pentcaitland, Tranent, East Lothian, Lowland, Scotland
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Mealy with some sweet grassiness. Apple purée, wet fern and a floral character (lilac). Some toasty oak below. Good creamy sweetness.
Palate: Intense and focused with real lemon tartness to start. Mellows into clotted cream, tangerine and a crisp oak giving balancing grip.
Finish: Surprisingly dry.
Comment: A huge leap in quality from the old 10 Years Old.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Refreshing, fragrant. Fruit cake, crystallised violets. Candyfloss. Liquorice toffee. Very confectionery-like.
Palate: Very much in tune with the nose. Smooth, round and fresh. With water, malt extract.
Finish: Carrying on the same aromatic path. Minty and aniseed lozenges. Oat in the back.
Comment: A very linear aromatic display. No surprise. Just pleasant.
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Very delicate floral,lilies but there is something of a struck match nature as well.
Palate: Cream,vanilla pods.
Finish: A hit of citrus,refreshing,like a lemon and vanilla pudding.
Comment: Another simple pre-dinner dram,not very demanding.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Sulphur is apparent from the start with William pear,grass,nuts and a little smoke behind. Not exactly effusive or forthcoming .
Palate: Better on tongue than the nose with light vanilla creaminess. Silky centre. Becomes grassier with water.Decent grip
Finish: Lemon. Quite fragrant.
Comment: The sulphur knocks it back in aroma erms, but the palate is good. A simple aperitif.
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Grassy, light, like a delicate floral display. A little struck match and shades of orange.
Palate: The citrus comes through together with peeled apples. Juicy with the suggestion of custard as well, cream, vanilla and sweetness.
Finish: Light and sweet.
Comment: A decent dram showing the Lowlanders need not lack substance.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Clean and meadow like. Lightly floral with fresh apple and some orange notes. Touch of sulphur.
Palate: Sweet with a little nut but generally a good silky feel. Direct and clean with a little vanilla.
Finish: Lifted. Lemon cake and some flowers.
Comment: Attractive and with more substance than the old 10yo.
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