Origin: Lowlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry Amontillado
Added coloring: Yes
Average price: € 59.00
Official website: www.malts.com/en-row/distilleries/glenkinchie/
Back to the Lowlands representative of Diageo’s Classic Malts, certainly one of the ‘lesser’ labels in their portfolio, but after all there are no famous or not famous whiskies, only good or bad ones.
A whisky that goes so unnoticed that you can hardly find anyone to talk about the Distillers Edition!
Tradition started in 1999, always at the fixed alcohol content of 43% with the same cask ageing, with the years of maturation quite random:
1999/2002: 13 years;
2003/2006 14 years;
2007 15 years;
2008 13 years;
2009/2010 14 years;
2011 15 years;
2012/2013 13 years;
2014 14 years;
2015 to date 12 years.
There, after this nice infodump, let’s drink!
The nose is a little closed, woody, but with time and patience aromas of dried dates, sultanas in alcohol, vanilla, lemon peel and a touch of cinnamon emerge. The nose has little character but is pleasant.
The palate is a little more decisive, distinctly sherried, with a hint of pepper and nutmeg, but is still subdued: hazelnuts, vanilla, sultanas are present but rather ethereal, elusive. There is a lot of wood in the background, which binds the palate a little.
Medium-long finish of hazelnuts, nutmeg and wood.
Compared to the basic version it has just a little more kick, but we’re still in the realm of harmless whiskies, pleasant but without personality, and for what you call a special edition you should expect more.
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