honey
lemon zest
cereal
floral
green apple
toasty oak
sweet
grassy
citrus
Spiral Glenkinchie 12 Year Old
Glenkinchie
12 Year Old
Tasting Notes
Appearance / Colour
Golden.

Smell / Nose / Aroma
Fresh, lemon, citrus, cereal, grist, barley sweetness.

Flavour / Taste / Palate
Slightly pated, green apple, little creamy, lemon, cereal, Madeira notes, sweet stewed fruits.

Finish
Medium-long, smooth.

Flavour spiral
Honey, lemon zest, cereal, floral, green apple, toasty oak, sweet, grassy, citrus. 
 
Price:
$68.99
A superb exemplar of a Lowland Scotch.

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.

  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch
  • Region
    Lowland
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    Glenkinchie
  • Bottler
    Glenkinchie
  • Age
    12 Year Old

Glenkinchie

12 Year Old

(0.7l, 43%)


6.5/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Glenkinchie 12 Year Old
Christopher
Christopher,
Will not lie one of the best scotches I've tried so far, will say if your one for smoke flavor this will disappoint.
Michael
Michael,
Sweet woodsy taste that is peaty, but not too smokey. A nice warmth without too much burn.
Margaret
Margaret,
This was my first time trying a single-malt whisky and I was pleasantly surprised. My first impression was of green apples and honey - pretty spot on regarding the taste spiral. Overall I don't enjoy whisky (discovery made from my first tasting box) but this one I like.
Thomas
Thomas,
Smell of sweaty tee-shirt and gym socks after several days in the locker with a hint of pine-sol cleaner. Middle of the road, back sides of the tongue, slight nasal rise of flavor. Floral note of stewed prunes. Added a splash of water. Thinned out the ammonia smell quite a bit. A lot smoother with the water. A lot sweeter now. Earth tones. A confusing Scotch whisky. Long, dull finish. Won't be buying this one.
Oliver
Oliver,
Honey, sharp
Elvin
Elvin,
Flavor spiral was fairly accurate but in my opinion I was surprised smoky didn't make the list. I felt it had abut of a smoky aftertaste. I would have given it a higher score if not for this. I'm just not a fan smoky whiskeys.
Steve
Steve,
Picked up the floral and citrus right away. Also earthy/Oaky. Not too bad.
Martin
Martin,
Wonderful opening smell. Smooth with a slight bite and great finish.
Marty
Marty,
Loved this! The honey and lemon really came through and finish had just enough burn.
Greg
Greg,
Needs a splash of water. Aging longer would refine more of the subtle flavors. A bit harsh neat. Honey, citrus, oak, a little floral.
Keith
Keith,
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.
Jeff
Jeff,
Honey is strong and the flavor is very light.
Eric
Eric,
Quite smooth. Crisp finish.
Jordan
Jordan,
Smooth as fuck
Kevin
Kevin,
My first lowland malt. Very mild and approachable. Mostly unremarkable. Well made, just not significantly interesting.
james
james,
awful. had to pour it out.
Chris
Chris,
Meh. Dry citrus. Reasonably smooth. Not bad, but not bold flavors. Drinkable but no where near a favorite.
Trevor
Trevor,
Dry. Not a lot of complexity or flavor.
Joshua
Joshua,
Mehhh
Rich
Rich,
Good, but it's no Dalwhinnie. The flavors on the spiral came throughout
Betty
Betty,
So enjoyable to drink! Can absolutely taste the flavors from the flavor spiral on this one.
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Very strong taste needed to add water
Jason
Jason,
A more traditional scotch. Smooth smoke flavor accented by bright citrus notes.
Carolyn
Carolyn,
On the sweeter side
Cameron
Cameron,
I could really taste the flavors in this one. I loved the cask taste that was so prominent
Sam
Sam,
Not good
Mike
Mike,
Ok
Mr.
Mr.,
Very smooth
Jerel
Jerel,
It was good, nice smoky flavor, really robust taste. Not my favorite pick of the tasting box, but good for first- time whiskey drinkers
Nathan
Nathan,
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.
Mark
Mark,
Not my thing.
Jeff
Jeff,
Not for me.
Gordon
Gordon,
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.
Mary
Mary,
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.
Mark
Mark,
Very approachable. Nice and smooth.
Frank
Frank,
Overall lighter than I typically drink but the finish was very nice.
Samuel
Samuel,
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.
Brandon
Brandon,
This is easily my favorite scotch. Easy to drink, flavor spiral is right on, a truly pleasant experience. Have bought several bottles now.
Bob
Bob,
Light but satisfying taste.
John
John,
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!
Daniel
Daniel,
Nose is nothing special, tastes kind of boring but the finish is great... long and sweet
Chris
Chris,
This was a delight to drink, it was light and smooth and had some good layered flavors.
Chris
Chris,
The aroma of something that is awful followed by a similar taste.
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Smell of cat urine on the nose but a surprisingly sweet and smooth taste! The conflicting senses are unsettling.
Kevin
Kevin,
Very sweet initial taste followed by nice floral ending.
Guy
Guy,
Of the 3 I've tried so far, this is definitely my favorite. Seemed to end with a "puff of smoke"
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Easygoing pleasant drink.
Andy
Andy,
Nice and light. Very enjoyable.
David
David,
Loved it. Flavor was interesting for a 12 year from Scotland.
Stephen
Stephen,
Very smooth... An excellent night cap.
Tony
Tony,
Light refreshing. A little smoke but not overwhelming.
David
David,
Very rounded and smooth, easy to drink neat. Floral and sweet
Morgan
Morgan,
Nice mild scotch. I'm sure it would be much better with a cigar
Tim
Tim,
Very good introduction into scotch. Very light and surprisingly smooth for a 12 year
Aaron
Aaron,
Loved it
Chris
Chris,
Apple and honey hit you right away, followed by the wonderful smoke.
Grant
Grant,
Not a fan of the smell but has great flavor and finish
B
B,
I love it! A perfect sipper. Smells of sawdust. Tastes of honey and campfire. In my top five whiskys.
Derek
Derek,
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!
Reginald
Reginald,
One for a try... Not memorable but acceptable.
Chris
Chris,
Honey and burn with citrus peel. Soft structure
Brian
Brian,
Not the best Scotch I've ever enjoyed. It offers everything you'd expect, but none of it exemplary.
Beth
Beth,
Light bodied, nice caramel flavors; slightly smoky aftertaste
Thad
Thad,
Lasting and smooth flavor.
Jon
Jon,
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. 2.5
Jacob
Jacob,
The middle of the three tastings. Good on the tongue but not overwhelming.
Tim
Tim,
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
Ryan
Ryan,
This one is quite rough around the edges, and too much going on.
Shawn
Shawn,
Didn't care for it. Seemed way too strong. Was too rough.
Johnny
Johnny,
Loved it. Ordering a bottle today
KC
KC,
Light. Nice tasting, clean, sweet.
William
William,
Very smooth
Christopher
Christopher,
Had a hard time getting past the gasoline smell of this. Thought it had way too much going on in its flavor.
Matthew
Matthew,
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.
Kyle
Kyle,
Exactly as avetised. A little rough but solid
Chippy
Chippy,
Pleasantly mellow with the honey flavors very front and center. Curious to know what the older vintages are like. Excellent drinkability.
Lloyd
Lloyd,
Really don't like and don't drink Scotch's.
John
John,
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.
Jeff
Jeff,
Nice malt sweetness. Tasted citrus, vanilla, with some black pepper in the smooth, creamy, lingering finish. Not overly complex, bu a nice dram.
John
John,
Smooth and enjoyable with a perfect balance
GM
GM,
On the hot side. Little smoke. Won't purchase a bottle, but it was good as a taster.
Clarence
Clarence,
Least favorite of the three. Couldn't get my palette to enjoy the flavour notes.
Richard
Richard,
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.
Bernell
Bernell,
It was too strong, I didn't like it.
NICHOLAS
NICHOLAS,
Out of the three this was a second best. As an inexperienced scotch drinker, it was a smooth finish but nothing flashy about it.
Will
Will,
Warm and sweet with a long finish, not my favorite but not bad.
Chris
Chris,
I also tasted raisins and a very slight peat. This is really tasty for the price point.
Ryan
Ryan,
Complex and smooth from start to finish. Excellent!
Eric
Eric,
Great start, but the aftertest was something I did not like. Too much bite. Like the almost sweet flavor.
Tim
Tim,
Toffee, spice and oak. Very smooth!
Joe
Joe,
Feels smooth. Not sure if taste lemon but I have aftertaste of pine.
Thomas
Thomas,
The Glenkinchie is a very nicely flavored scotch. I enjoyed the smooth flavor.
Jordan
Jordan,
Good flavor, biting finish.
Sam
Sam,
Decent flavor, better finish. Would not buy, but would partake again.
Robert
Robert,
Little bit on the heavy side. Very tasty.
Bob
Bob,
I am not a scotch fan but I did like this.
Andrew
Andrew,
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.
T.C.
T.C.,
Bright, sweet and extremely flavorful
Brandon
Brandon,
Woody and grassy. A little heat. Not too exciting.
Mikall
Mikall,
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.
Paul
Paul,
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.
Kyle
Kyle,
Honey up front with alternating oak, floral, and citrus flavors until it ends with a sweetness. Not my favorite but has some unique flavors.
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Super smooth. Delicate peat is nice.
Marcus
Marcus,
Not my favorite, very strong burn and tastes more like nail polish remover. Not terrible, but I wouldn't buy a bottle of it.
Dave
Dave,
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.
Joe
Joe,
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.
Micheal
Micheal,
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.
Clay
Clay,
I am not really a Scotch fan but this one was very tasty!
Stephen
Stephen,
Very smooth with a sweet tone to it that made it enjoyable to sip.
Christopher
Christopher,
Overpowering sweetness, citrus back
Tim
Tim,
I am not a fan of Scotch .
Aaron
Aaron,
Warm and surprisingly light, with a nice, toasty feel. Great sharing Scotch.
Michael
Michael,
It had a good kick with a nice long finish. It was smooth and the flavor is not overwhelming, but just subtle enough.
Aaron
Aaron,
Sweet, but not too sweet. Smooth and tasty.
Brian
Brian,
The floral notes were a bit unappealing but the taste had good punch.
James
James,
This was pretty good. Not too peaty and very smooth. I could taste the honey and oak.
Paul
Paul,
Not terrible....just nothing impressive
Mark
Mark,
Pretty average, nothing too memorable. Almost like a cheap a knock off of the Dalwhinnie that came in this welcome box.
Hartley
Hartley,
Surprisingly smooth finish, a little peppery which was also nice. My favorite of the tasting box
Joshua
Joshua,
Great, smooth flavor!
Dr
Dr,
Smooth and beautiful lingering honey
Carl
Carl,
Definitely citrus fruit. Light. Liked this one a lot..
Steve
Steve,
Smooth oak flavor, full bodied.
Andy
Andy,
Definitely taste the sweetness. Good scotch but not remarkable.
Matthew
Matthew,
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.
Charlie
Charlie,
Honey aftertaste
Virgil
Virgil,
Yes!
Mel
Mel,
Light Amber color. Thin mouth-feel with slight finish. Strong vanilla nose with sweet oaky, citrus flavor. Would buy a bottle :)
Diego
Diego,
Smooth flavor, very easy to drink. Something I would recommend for someone who is getting into Scotch
Dan
Dan,
seemed like a fairly simple scotch to me.
Richard
Richard,
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.
James
James,
Super-smoothe, easiest malt every produced by the blue & white boys. Big fan.
Byron
Byron,
A pleasant single malt that's not overbearing. A good way to ease new scotch drinkers into the complexities of the drink.
Joe
Joe,
Did not care for it.
Toby
Toby,
Simple, and a bit boring. Slight flavor of vinegar.
Kevin
Kevin,
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.
Brendan
Brendan,
Hard to taste the flavor involved, smell is inviting, starts smooth and finished strong.
David
David,
This was the best in the set. Smooth, warm and wonderful. Green apples were dominate with honey overtones. Recommended.
Robbie
Robbie,
Smooth. Bit of a bite but highly recommended.
Deja
Deja,
Meh...
Patrick
Patrick,
Scotch isn't normally my drink of choice, but this was smooth and easy to drink
Kyle
Kyle,
Not a lot of citrus but overall smooth finish.
Sir
Sir,
I personally can't appreciate the peet flavor
Andrew
Andrew,
Heavy on the oak, cereal, and honey. Not too much citrus but great finish. Solid single malt!
Lorenzo
Lorenzo,
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.
John
John,
Our second favorite of the three samples. Will definitely buy a bottle.
Sam
Sam,
Pretty standard scotch. Nothing to crazy.
Donald
Donald,
Glad to have tried it but probably not a purchase for me.
anonymous
anonymous,
Had a dram in Inverness. Slightly spicy but no peat - I enjoyed it.
Robert
Robert,
Soft and citrusy Has a prolonged fruity finish Lingers pleasantly
Michael
Michael,
Smooth! Very good 12 Year old Scotch.
Greg
Greg,
It was better that more 12yr scotches I've had. I liked the finish.
Michael
Michael,
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.
Uri
Uri,
Not too shabby. That's my word, shabby.
Brenton
Brenton,
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
Michael
Michael,
Very smooth definitely citrus flavor . Good for beginners
Jason
Jason,
Super taste, smooth finish...definite favorite!
David
David,
Smooth and boring
Sam
Sam,
Smooth and flavorful
Kegan
Kegan,
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.
Daniel
Daniel,
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.
Dumitru
Dumitru,
It's too bitter for me.
David
David,
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
Anthony
Anthony,
I loved the Talisker. Excellent My son, the glenkinchie. Excellent all of them. What A nice start
Adam
Adam,
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!
Dan
Dan,
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.
John
John,
Smooth and great with a drop or two of water.
Ryan
Ryan,
Malt and toast with a honey sweetness
Jonas
Jonas,
Easy going
anonymous
anonymous,
So so
anonymous
anonymous,
Light, easy
anonymous
anonymous,
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
anonymous
anonymous,
Great example of a lowland malt, def a must try for anyone new to scotch.
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