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%)


6.1/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Glenkinchie 12 Year Old
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
Nose is nothing special, tastes kind of boring but the finish is great... long and sweet
Chris
This was a delight to drink, it was light and smooth and had some good layered flavors.
Chris
The aroma of something that is awful followed by a similar taste.
Jeremy
Smell of cat urine on the nose but a surprisingly sweet and smooth taste! The conflicting senses are unsettling.
Kevin
Very sweet initial taste followed by nice floral ending.
Guy
Of the 3 I've tried so far, this is definitely my favorite. Seemed to end with a "puff of smoke"
Jeffrey
Easygoing pleasant drink.
Andy
Nice and light. Very enjoyable.
David
Loved it. Flavor was interesting for a 12 year from Scotland.
Stephen
Very smooth... An excellent night cap.
Tony
Light refreshing. A little smoke but not overwhelming.
David
Very rounded and smooth, easy to drink neat. Floral and sweet
Morgan
Nice mild scotch. I'm sure it would be much better with a cigar
Tim
Very good introduction into scotch. Very light and surprisingly smooth for a 12 year
Aaron
Loved it
Chris
Apple and honey hit you right away, followed by the wonderful smoke.
Grant
Not a fan of the smell but has great flavor and finish
B
I love it! A perfect sipper. Smells of sawdust. Tastes of honey and campfire. In my top five whiskys.
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
One for a try... Not memorable but acceptable.
Chris
Honey and burn with citrus peel. Soft structure
Brian
Not the best Scotch I've ever enjoyed. It offers everything you'd expect, but none of it exemplary.
Beth
Light bodied, nice caramel flavors; slightly smoky aftertaste
Thad
Lasting and smooth flavor.
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
The middle of the three tastings. Good on the tongue but not overwhelming.
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
This one is quite rough around the edges, and too much going on.
Shawn
Didn't care for it. Seemed way too strong. Was too rough.
Johnny
Loved it. Ordering a bottle today
KC
Light. Nice tasting, clean, sweet.
William
Very smooth
Christopher
Had a hard time getting past the gasoline smell of this. Thought it had way too much going on in its flavor.
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
Exactly as avetised. A little rough but solid
Chippy
Pleasantly mellow with the honey flavors very front and center. Curious to know what the older vintages are like. Excellent drinkability.
Lloyd
Really don't like and don't drink Scotch's.
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
Nice malt sweetness. Tasted citrus, vanilla, with some black pepper in the smooth, creamy, lingering finish. Not overly complex, bu a nice dram.
John
Smooth and enjoyable with a perfect balance
GM
On the hot side. Little smoke. Won't purchase a bottle, but it was good as a taster.
Clarence
Least favorite of the three. Couldn't get my palette to enjoy the flavour notes.
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
It was too strong, I didn't like it.
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
Warm and sweet with a long finish, not my favorite but not bad.
Chris
I also tasted raisins and a very slight peat. This is really tasty for the price point.
Ryan
Complex and smooth from start to finish. Excellent!
Eric
Great start, but the aftertest was something I did not like. Too much bite. Like the almost sweet flavor.
Tim
Toffee, spice and oak. Very smooth!
Joe
Feels smooth. Not sure if taste lemon but I have aftertaste of pine.
Thomas
The Glenkinchie is a very nicely flavored scotch. I enjoyed the smooth flavor.
Jordan
Good flavor, biting finish.
Sam
Decent flavor, better finish. Would not buy, but would partake again.
Robert
Little bit on the heavy side. Very tasty.
Bob
I am not a scotch fan but I did like this.
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.
Bright, sweet and extremely flavorful
Brandon
Woody and grassy. A little heat. Not too exciting.
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
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
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
Super smooth. Delicate peat is nice.
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
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
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
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
I am not really a Scotch fan but this one was very tasty!
Stephen
Very smooth with a sweet tone to it that made it enjoyable to sip.
Christopher
Overpowering sweetness, citrus back
Tim
I am not a fan of Scotch .
Aaron
Warm and surprisingly light, with a nice, toasty feel. Great sharing Scotch.
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
Sweet, but not too sweet. Smooth and tasty.
Brian
The floral notes were a bit unappealing but the taste had good punch.
James
This was pretty good. Not too peaty and very smooth. I could taste the honey and oak.
Paul
Not terrible....just nothing impressive
Mark
Pretty average, nothing too memorable. Almost like a cheap a knock off of the Dalwhinnie that came in this welcome box.
Hartley
Surprisingly smooth finish, a little peppery which was also nice. My favorite of the tasting box
Joshua
Great, smooth flavor!
Dr
Smooth and beautiful lingering honey
Carl
Definitely citrus fruit. Light. Liked this one a lot..
Steve
Smooth oak flavor, full bodied.
Andy
Definitely taste the sweetness. Good scotch but not remarkable.
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
Honey aftertaste
Virgil
Yes!
Mel
Light Amber color. Thin mouth-feel with slight finish. Strong vanilla nose with sweet oaky, citrus flavor. Would buy a bottle :)
Diego
Smooth flavor, very easy to drink. Something I would recommend for someone who is getting into Scotch
Dan
seemed like a fairly simple scotch to me.
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
Super-smoothe, easiest malt every produced by the blue & white boys. Big fan.
Byron
A pleasant single malt that's not overbearing. A good way to ease new scotch drinkers into the complexities of the drink.
Joe
Did not care for it.
Toby
Simple, and a bit boring. Slight flavor of vinegar.
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
Hard to taste the flavor involved, smell is inviting, starts smooth and finished strong.
David
This was the best in the set. Smooth, warm and wonderful. Green apples were dominate with honey overtones. Recommended.
Robbie
Smooth. Bit of a bite but highly recommended.
Deja
Meh...
Patrick
Scotch isn't normally my drink of choice, but this was smooth and easy to drink
Kyle
Not a lot of citrus but overall smooth finish.
Sir
I personally can't appreciate the peet flavor
Andrew
Heavy on the oak, cereal, and honey. Not too much citrus but great finish. Solid single malt!
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
Our second favorite of the three samples. Will definitely buy a bottle.
Sam
Pretty standard scotch. Nothing to crazy.
Donald
Glad to have tried it but probably not a purchase for me.
anonymous
Had a dram in Inverness. Slightly spicy but no peat - I enjoyed it.
Robert
Soft and citrusy Has a prolonged fruity finish Lingers pleasantly
Michael
Smooth! Very good 12 Year old Scotch.
Greg
It was better that more 12yr scotches I've had. I liked the finish.
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
Not too shabby. That's my word, shabby.
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
Very smooth definitely citrus flavor . Good for beginners
Jason
Super taste, smooth finish...definite favorite!
David
Smooth and boring
Sam
Smooth and flavorful
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
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
It's too bitter for me.
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
I loved the Talisker. Excellent My son, the glenkinchie. Excellent all of them. What A nice start
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
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
Smooth and great with a drop or two of water.
Ryan
Malt and toast with a honey sweetness
Jonas
Easy going
anonymous
So so
anonymous
Light, easy
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
Great example of a lowland malt, def a must try for anyone new to scotch.
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