United Kingdom, Scotland

Original bottles of Glenkinchie is known to be aromatic and floral. They also possess the typical Lowland farm profile with hay aromas and sweet character.

Glenkinchie Flavor Spiraltm
  • oak
  • honey
  • slightly sweet
  • grape
  • vanilla
  • dried fruit
  • spicy
  • pralines
  • apple
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Glenkinchie has the largest wash still in Scotland, with a capacity of more than 30,000 liters.
Glenkinchie was part of Diageo's original series of 6 'Classic Malts.' In 2005, some other distilleries were introduced to the series.
Glenkinchie has a model of the distillery, inside the distillery.

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Glenkinchie lies in the valley of the Kinchie Burn, near the village of Pencaitland, East Lothian.

Brothers John and George Rate were the founders of the Glenkinche Distillery in 1837. In 1840, there was a take over. In 1852 John Rate bought the distillery once more, but had to close it in 1853, due to profits being low.

In 1890, the site was opened again by a consortium of distillers and wine merchants, who called themselves the Glen Kinchie Distillery Company. In 1914, Glenkinchie was one five distilleries that formed the famous Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd (SMD).

Expectedly, the distillery ceased operations between 1917-1919, due to the World War I. In 1925, SMD was purchased by Distillers Company Limited. Floor maltings were closed in 1968, and Glenkinchie progressed with series of developments, until today.

Glenkinchie produces 1.3 million liters of Whisky per year. It has one giant wash still and one spirit still. Both are uniquely shaped, with a concave surface at their intermediate sections.

Until 1968, maltings were sourced from Lothian's, but after 1968 industrial maltings were the main source. Warehouses can hold up to 10,000 casks, which are composed mostly of American ex-​Bourbon and Amontillado Sherry casks.

Distillery info:
  • Country United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region Lowlands
  • Established 1837
  • Owner Diageo
  • Type Single malt
  • No. of stills 2
  • Visitor center Yes
  • Status Active
  • Address Glenkinchie Distillery Pencaitland Tranent East Lothian EH34 5ET United Kingdom
  • Phone 01875 342012
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