Review: Glenkinchie 1991 Distillers Edition

18 Sep

Bottling: Distillery
Age Statement: 13-year
Brand type: Distiller’s Edition Double Matured in Amantillado Sherry Cask
ABV: 43%
Price: $70-90
Where Scotchfinder found it: Mad Rose Tavern
Glenkinchie 1991 Double Matured Distiller’s Edition

Glenkinchie is one of two lowland brands of single-malt scottish whiskies left in current production. The other is Auchentoshan. Glenkinchie is not known for going beyond their normally 12-year staple, so this one raises an eye-brow immediately. Lowlands tend to be very light in nature but very delicate and enjoyable as well.

Awkwardly sitting at the Mad Rose Tavern with my phone in hand to record review notes, I got to reviewing another odd-ball release that my expectations were very low going into it.

Nose: 23
Distinctly fruity with a hint of burning alcohol. I thought I was being overly sensitive, but two friends of mine brought the strong alcohol vapors into the discussion upon their sample as well.  Backing off and sniffing slowly, cherry wine and coconut pop out. Highly aromatic and pleasing to the nostrils! Very nice.

Body and taste: 23 and 21
Glenkinchie is notably soooooo normal. This is NOT. The body is medium oily and quite rich. Heavy sherry wine lays on the tongue and roof of the mouth with a lovely complexity. And…

Finish: 23
… sticks around after dinner for coffee. There really is not much competition from other Lowland whiskies in turns of the sticking-around factor. Light maple syrup hints shows up if you have the patience to listen for it long enough between sips. This was the most unexpected part of the experience!

This one really blew my mind and hit the spot tonight. To be honest, however, my expectations were quite low going in. Touché, Glenkinchie. Touché. I would be running to the store to snap up this bottling if my wife would not throw me in the dog house after last week’s shipment.

Scotchfinder Total: 90


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