Glenkinchie 1989 Distillers Edition | 43.0% | Lowland
, Scotland founded: 1825 | active
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Meet #16 | 08/10/11 | Hosted by George
The crew descended onto the Lowlands for the long-overdue tasting of a bottle of nearby Glenkinchie. How will the local juice hold up?
An unusual mix of flavours develop, edging towards fruitiness with spiced plums, raisins, melon, cherries, citrus hitting home. It gets a bit Christmassy with some marzipan and dates and then gets somewhat more eclectic with digestive biscuits, Strawberry Chew, leather, herbs, Honeysuckle, fresh-cut Spruce and Harris Tweed.
The fruitiness on the nose continues to a certain extent, with pear, dried figs and red grapes, but in general is less dominant here. Things get pretty savoury - toast with English mustard, watercress, paprika, raw onion and crisp-baked tatties. The leather on the nose expands into fusty linen, rubber and cowboy boots and then things get a little sweeter with the addition of Cowan's highland toffee and a wee bit of cinnamon.
Glenkinchie is one of only 3 Lowland malt whiskies that's still producing.
Finish & Comments
A medium-long finish, with a pretty natural impact - cloves, juniper, almonds, cardomon and honey. Then Mr Man makes an entrance with some (foolishly) burnt toast and a spot of talcum powder.
We've always scored out of 10 in our group (see number in red box, below), with scores regularly given across that spectrum. The value out of 100 below is adjusted to the scale most commonly used for whisky reviews, to allow for better comparison.
78 / 100
Detailed scores (out of 10)
Tasting Game Points (out of 6)
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