Glenkinchie distillery is set on a farmland, 15 km from Edinburgh. It was established in 1825 by brothers George and John Rate. Originally named Milton distillery, the brothers renamed it around 1837.
In 1969 Glenkinchie stopped malting its own grain and malting floors were transformed into a museum of malt Whisky. Two decades later, in 1989, the brand was revived by United Distillers, when they started marketing it under their classic malt brands. Today it is one of the few remaining distilleries in the Lowland region.
Glenkinchie 12 Year Old replaces the 10 year old as the new entry level bottling from this Lowland distillery. It was named Best Lowland Single Malt of 2014 at the World Whiskies Awards.
Single Malt Scotch
12 Year Old
12 Year Old
6.3/10 (1018 votes)
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Glenkinchie 12 Year Old
Loved this! The honey and lemon really came through and finish had just enough burn.
Needs a splash of water. Aging longer would refine more of the subtle flavors. A bit harsh neat. Honey, citrus, oak, a little floral.
The honey jumps out and is very prominent with a mix of lemon zest. The initial nose was of honey and cereal (reminded me of Cheerios). Initial straight sip prominent honey and lemon with a slight burn. I opened with 3 pub sized small ice cubes which eliminated the burn and mellowed and blended the overwhelming honey and lemon nicely and brought out a bit of apple.
Honey is strong and the flavor is very light.
Quite smooth. Crisp finish.
Smooth as fuck
My first lowland malt. Very mild and approachable. Mostly unremarkable. Well made, just not significantly interesting.
awful. had to pour it out.
Meh. Dry citrus. Reasonably smooth. Not bad, but not bold flavors. Drinkable but no where near a favorite.
Dry. Not a lot of complexity or flavor.
Good, but it's no Dalwhinnie. The flavors on the spiral came throughout
So enjoyable to drink! Can absolutely taste the flavors from the flavor spiral on this one.
Very strong taste needed to add water
A more traditional scotch. Smooth smoke flavor accented by bright citrus notes.
On the sweeter side
I could really taste the flavors in this one. I loved the cask taste that was so prominent
It was good, nice smoky flavor, really robust taste. Not my favorite pick of the tasting box, but good for first- time whiskey drinkers
Definitely an unusual Scotch. Medium peat with a component of perfume. The citrus notes make it very unique on the palate. If you are looking for a traditional Scotch, then this is not for you, but it is a great addition to a diverse collection.
Not my thing.
Not for me.
I don't like heavy peat scotch, and this was a very nice drinkable scotch. Great aroma and very nice sweet first taste. It finishes smooth and the aftertaste is nice as well. I will drink this again.
This was a good starter whisky in the welcome box. Nice way to ease us in, but none of us picked it as our favorite. We like longer finishes.
Very approachable. Nice and smooth.
Overall lighter than I typically drink but the finish was very nice.
Had a nice smell but really lacked in the midtones, as I like to call them. Start had a flowery taste then followed with a taste of funky nothingness. Finished a little odd on the back of the palate that made me shudder. I've never tasted pee before, but I think this might be the closest I will come.
This is easily my favorite scotch. Easy to drink, flavor spiral is right on, a truly pleasant experience. Have bought several bottles now.
Light but satisfying taste.
Part of my welcome box, the first I sampled. Underwhelming on the nose, particularly on the initial whiff. A flavor palate of cereal, grass, vanilla, and creamy fruit gave way to a long peppery, slightly smoky finish. A splash of water popped this whisky wide open! The nose became more floral and a bit spicy, with notes of citrus. On the palate, the earthiness became ore pronounced but was balanced by a creamy sweet oak, and the pepper and smoke on the finish grew longer and louder. I initially rated this a 6 but after sampling with a "bit of branch" I had to change it to an 8!
Nose is nothing special, tastes kind of boring but the finish is great... long and sweet
This was a delight to drink, it was light and smooth and had some good layered flavors.
The aroma of something that is awful followed by a similar taste.
Smell of cat urine on the nose but a surprisingly sweet and smooth taste! The conflicting senses are unsettling.
Very sweet initial taste followed by nice floral ending.
Of the 3 I've tried so far, this is definitely my favorite. Seemed to end with a "puff of smoke"
Easygoing pleasant drink.
Nice and light. Very enjoyable.
Loved it. Flavor was interesting for a 12 year from Scotland.
Very smooth... An excellent night cap.
Light refreshing. A little smoke but not overwhelming.
Very rounded and smooth, easy to drink neat. Floral and sweet
Nice mild scotch. I'm sure it would be much better with a cigar
Very good introduction into scotch. Very light and surprisingly smooth for a 12 year
Apple and honey hit you right away, followed by the wonderful smoke.
Not a fan of the smell but has great flavor and finish
I love it! A perfect sipper. Smells of sawdust. Tastes of honey and campfire. In my top five whiskys.
Part of my welcome box, and I LOVED IT!!! It was like sitting on a beach sipping a fine cognac with a primo cigar all in one glass!! The smoky back was awesome, but not overpowering. Definitely adding this to the bar!
One for a try... Not memorable but acceptable.
Honey and burn with citrus peel. Soft structure
Not the best Scotch I've ever enjoyed. It offers everything you'd expect, but none of it exemplary.
Color: very pale yellow
Nose: Sherry, florals
Palate: Sherry notes I hadn't expected..somewhat bitter... barley/cereal, some light sweet or florals briefly..not much here.
Finish: very brief... Quite an underwhelming dram at best.
The middle of the three tastings. Good on the tongue but not overwhelming.
Lively and sweet, very nice, sipping and gone quickly. More of an edge than some but not raucous on the back of your throat, warming rather than rough, a fair nose to it and might benefit from the merest drop of good chilled water but for sure no ice for ne
This one is quite rough around the edges, and too much going on.
Didn't care for it. Seemed way too strong. Was too rough.
Loved it. Ordering a bottle today
Light. Nice tasting, clean, sweet.
Had a hard time getting past the gasoline smell of this. Thought it had way too much going on in its flavor.
Very nice Scotch. Light and smooth to drink. The burn comes on slowly and than lingers for a few moments before dissapearing. I'd say it would be good for sipping while porch sitting.
Exactly as avetised. A little rough but solid
Pleasantly mellow with the honey flavors very front and center. Curious to know what the older vintages are like. Excellent drinkability.
Really don't like and don't drink Scotch's.
Believe it or not, I have not sampled the Lagavulin yet. I am taking a measured approach to the welcome box. I enjoyed both the Glenkinchie (have since bought a full size bottle) and the Dalwhinnie samples. I found the Glenkinchie very light and drinkable, and even my wife (who does not drink) liked it! I was surprised by the Dalwhinnie- the taste (to me, anyway) was stronger than the nose suggested, but it too was savored. I look forward to the Lagavulin, which will be consumed within the next few days. With all spirits I receive and purchase through Flaviar, I am keeping a detailed log of my expiriences.
Nice malt sweetness. Tasted citrus, vanilla, with some black pepper in the smooth, creamy, lingering finish. Not overly complex, bu a nice dram.
Smooth and enjoyable with a perfect balance
On the hot side. Little smoke. Won't purchase a bottle, but it was good as a taster.
Least favorite of the three. Couldn't get my palette to enjoy the flavour notes.
This is a middle of the road, easy going malt. A nose of toffee and hay. I got Apples, and vanilla ice cream and a short but creamy finish. Not a bad everyday drinker.
It was too strong, I didn't like it.
Out of the three this was a second best. As an inexperienced scotch drinker, it was a smooth finish but nothing flashy about it.
Warm and sweet with a long finish, not my favorite but not bad.
I also tasted raisins and a very slight peat. This is really tasty for the price point.
Complex and smooth from start to finish. Excellent!
Great start, but the aftertest was something I did not like. Too much bite. Like the almost sweet flavor.
Toffee, spice and oak. Very smooth!
Feels smooth. Not sure if taste lemon but I have aftertaste of pine.
The Glenkinchie is a very nicely flavored scotch.
I enjoyed the smooth flavor.
Good flavor, biting finish.
Decent flavor, better finish. Would not buy, but would partake again.
Little bit on the heavy side. Very tasty.
I am not a scotch fan but I did like this.
Sweet apple flavor with a great citrus finish. Great on a warm summers day! Add a couple of frozen whiskey stones for a nice chill.
Bright, sweet and extremely flavorful
Woody and grassy. A little heat. Not too exciting.
Scotch isn't my first drink of choice but the Glenkinchie 12 YO has the best finish of all the Scotchs I've tried. It was very smooth and wasn't too strong. I immediately tasted the Lemon and Citrus flavors. I'll have to buy a bottle someday when I really want a Scotch.
not being a Scotch drinker, found it a bit woody and smoky up front but a nice after taste and it didn't burn that bad going down.
Honey up front with alternating oak, floral, and citrus flavors until it ends with a sweetness. Not my favorite but has some unique flavors.
Super smooth. Delicate peat is nice.
Not my favorite, very strong burn and tastes more like nail polish remover. Not terrible, but I wouldn't buy a bottle of it.
The honey and cereal are at the front of the flavor profile. I prefer a more peaty Scotch, but this is a fine dram. It would definitely go well with something savory and fatty.
The glenkinchie has and interesting full body taste, it is smooth with a bit of a fruity note nothing to crazy just enough to make you think about it. It's finish is still smooth with an aftertaste with woody undertones. I like a smooth drink and this delivered, looking forward to buying a bottle of this in the near future.
Potent smell, but very smooth tasting. No burning sensation at all - which I thought odd considering it's scent. I'd consider purchasing a bottle for general use.
I am not really a Scotch fan but this one was very tasty!
Very smooth with a sweet tone to it that made it enjoyable to sip.
Overpowering sweetness, citrus back
I am not a fan of Scotch .
Warm and surprisingly light, with a nice, toasty feel. Great sharing Scotch.
It had a good kick with a nice long finish. It was smooth and the flavor is not overwhelming, but just subtle enough.
Sweet, but not too sweet. Smooth and tasty.
The floral notes were a bit unappealing but the taste had good punch.
This was pretty good. Not too peaty and very smooth. I could taste the honey and oak.
Not terrible....just nothing impressive
Pretty average, nothing too memorable. Almost like a cheap a knock off of the Dalwhinnie that came in this welcome box.
Surprisingly smooth finish, a little peppery which was also nice. My favorite of the tasting box
Great, smooth flavor!
Smooth and beautiful lingering honey
Definitely citrus fruit. Light. Liked this one a lot..
Smooth oak flavor, full bodied.
Definitely taste the sweetness. Good scotch but not remarkable.
When I tasted this one, my immediate thoughts were "burnt fruit and grass" which is fairly close to what the tastings notes were. I did not enjoy it.
Light Amber color.
Thin mouth-feel with slight finish.
Strong vanilla nose with sweet oaky, citrus flavor. Would buy a bottle :)
Smooth flavor, very easy to drink. Something I would recommend for someone who is getting into Scotch
seemed like a fairly simple scotch to me.
Could definitely detect the oak and the honey lemon. This was my first Flaviar taste. I normally mix whisky with coke, but it felt sacrilegious to even attempt that. I savored this moment. Will I buy a bottle? Remains to be seen.
Super-smoothe, easiest malt every produced by the blue & white boys. Big fan.
A pleasant single malt that's not overbearing. A good way to ease new scotch drinkers into the complexities of the drink.
Did not care for it.
Simple, and a bit boring. Slight flavor of vinegar.
Color of a deeply steeped lotus tea. Very light nose of a slightly sour, floral, and mineral water. Taste is a bit sour, surprisingly caramel, clean finish.
Hard to taste the flavor involved, smell is inviting, starts smooth and finished strong.
This was the best in the set. Smooth, warm and wonderful. Green apples were dominate with honey overtones. Recommended.
Smooth. Bit of a bite but highly recommended.
Scotch isn't normally my drink of choice, but this was smooth and easy to drink
Not a lot of citrus but overall smooth finish.
I personally can't appreciate the peet flavor
Heavy on the oak, cereal, and honey. Not too much citrus but great finish. Solid single malt!
The nose hits you with cereal and barley notes. You get some hints of lemon and honey on the palate. Pretty decent but not overly excited about it.
Our second favorite of the three samples. Will definitely buy a bottle.
Pretty standard scotch. Nothing to crazy.
Glad to have tried it but probably not a purchase for me.
Had a dram in Inverness. Slightly spicy but no peat - I enjoyed it.
Soft and citrusy
Has a prolonged fruity finish
Smooth! Very good 12 Year old Scotch.
It was better that more 12yr scotches I've had. I liked the finish.
This one is soft on the peet and smoke notes, which ordinarily I would prefer. But the flavor notes in this one don't appeal too strongly to me.
Not too shabby. That's my word, shabby.
Smooth and sweet with a good bite.
Very tasty and would be happy to have another bottle as a gift. However, too many better malts at the same price
Very smooth definitely citrus flavor . Good for beginners
Super taste, smooth finish...definite favorite!
Smooth and boring
Smooth and flavorful
This is really a great whisky for beginners and experienced drinkers of Scotch. Obvious notes of honey and green tea. Lightly warming the palate, it’s beautifully balanced and nuanced. Not peaty at all, but much unappreciated. If you like this try Springbank 10.
It was OK, but not what I really like about a whisky. This one is definitely a lighter scotch, which was what my first experience with scotch was and why I wasn't thrilled with it at first.
That being said, I tend to gravitate towards bourbon and more smoky flavors, and if that's not your thing, then this is a good one for you. It all comes down to preference. A good scotch, just not for me.
It's too bitter for me.
U started with the 10 about a decade ago as my introduction into single malts. This is smoother (as you'd expect), delicious and for me, brings back memories of an earlier time in my life
I loved the Talisker. Excellent My son, the glenkinchie. Excellent all of them. What A nice start
I'm not generally a fan of Scotch, too peaty or too smokey for me. ut the Glenkinchie 12 year is surprisingly not peaty or smokey. It strikes a very good balance of flavors with a very big "Scotchy" finish. My tasting skills aren't yet nuanced enough to pull out individual flavor notes but it delivers a decidedly spring like impression. Kudos to flaviar.com for getting me to enjoy a drink of Scotch, even though I'm not a full blown convert just yet!
Being very new to Scotch, my first impression of Glenkinchie was of floral and green notes. That's my word, green notes. After that initial impression I definitely picked up a sweet/honey flavor. It had a unique flavor character that I could not put a name to. After tasting the other two scotches in the box I have decided that the unique flavor that I can't name is what makes single malt scotch single malt scotch. Although I enjoyed the experience, I am not a Scotch fan. Yet.
Smooth and great with a drop or two of water.
Malt and toast with a honey sweetness
Интересное сочетание вкуса и послевкусия, когда при глотке ощущаешь некоторую кисло-горькую часть лимонной цедры и свежего мятного листа, а послевкусие, на вдохе, будто от клубничного десерта со взбитыми плотными-плотными сливками
Great example of a lowland malt, def a must try for anyone new to scotch.