Glenkinchie™ is one of my favorite single malt scotches!!! I came to this much sought-after single malt through allot of years of drinking blended scotch whiskeys like Johnnie Walker Black. However, one has to work their way up to this smoky taste. Among single malt scotch aficionados, Glenkinchie ™ is a light, delicate whisky; sweet and creamy with a subtle floral fragrance. It became one of my favorites because I usually smoke cigars when I am drinking scotch. I have found that very few single malts can be tasted through cigar smoke on the palate; certainly none of the “Highland,” “Lowland,” or “Speyside” scotches can stand up to a cigar! Thus, Glenkinchie ™ is a sipping scotch for me in the summer.
Glenkinchie ™ is most often described as “Sweet, soft start becoming flowery. Crisp mid-palate then butter icing, lemon cheesecake and freesias.”
How does Glenkinchie ™ come by its unique flavor? According to their web site: “Acres of barley grow in this "Garden of Scotland", in fields fed by water softly flowing down from the hills. The agricultural revolution of the late 18th Century brought this barley to East Lothian in place of coarse crops of little use to distillers. Father of the Scottish agricultural revolution, John Cockburn, pioneered some of the biggest changes locally at Ormiston. Here at the heart of the farming community south of Tranent, in the lee of the hills, farmers like the Rate brothers learned from these experiments. They are thought to have begun working on or near this site in 1825, calling their first distillery Milton. The land they farmed had belonged centuries earlier to the de Quincey family, from whose name 'Kinchie' derives. It lay in Lothian, named for King Arthur's brother Lot, who held court nearby on Traprain Law.”
“A clean and fresh flavour on the palate with distinctive floral and grassy aspects. Some find notes of ginger in the finish.”
I suggest that if you are serious about trying single malt scotches, you do it by tasting “THE SIX CLASSIC MALTS OF SCOTLAND” of United Distillers. They are particularly selected to best represent each of the malt whiskey producing regions of Scotland. They embrace the full diversity of regional tastes and styles.
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Lowland Single Malts are single malt whiskies distilled in the lowlands of Scotland. The region, once having a number of whisky producers, now only has three operating distilleries: Glenkinchie, near Edinburgh; Auchentoshan, near Clydebank; and Bladnoch in Galloway. At least six other lowland single malts are still available, but are no longer distilled, Rosebank, Kinclaith, St. Magdalene, Ladyburn, Inverleven and Littlemill.
Traditionally Lowland Single Malts are triple distilled (though this has not been true of all of them), often giving them a lighter taste.Source Wikipedia