Built by a local farmer about 1837, the Glenkinchie
distillery was soon sold to another farmer who used it for
a saw mill and a cattle shed. It was again sold in 1880 to
be converted back to its original purpose in time for the
1890s whisky boom. Glenkinchie is located near the village
of Pencaitland, about 15 miles from Edinburgh, in rich farmland.
Important to the student is the excellent museum devoted to
malt whisky which Glenkinchie took the leadership in developing.
The distillery also has its own bowling green. Prior to 1989,
practically all of the whisky produced at Glenkinchie was
used for blending purposes. It is an excellent introduction
to the world of single malts for the newcomer and a refreshing,
light example of a classic Lowland for the experienced malt
lover. You may be most familiar with this malt as a member
of the Classic Malts family.
10 year old
||Pale gold or
fresh. Soft, flowery, slight sweetness, with a hint of
peat and some grassy notes.
||Light to medium.
clean sweetness, grassy, well-rounded and light. Quite
fresh, with a hint of spice. Very full for a Lowland malt.
dry and some spice (ginger?) near the end. Again, most
exceptional for a Lowland malt.