Glenkinchie Distillers Edition 2020
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Lowland
  • Distillery Glenkinchie
  • Age 12 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Maturation Amontillado Casks
  • Alcohol 43%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • grape
  • pralines
  • vanilla
  • oak
  • slightly sweet
  • golden raisin
  • grain
  • dried fruit
  • spicy

Glenkinchie

Distillers Edition 2020 (0.7l, 43%)

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A wonderful example of Lowland Single Malt double-matured for a grape-forward profile with layers of nuts and fruit.

Glenkinchie is one of the distilleries that has been producing for centuries in the same spot — about fifteen miles east of Edinburgh — but most people weren’t even aware of it. The distillery was founded by brothers John and George Rate in 1825. In 1853 the distillery went bankrupt and was converted briefly into a sawmill. But it was rebuilt by a Major James Grey in 1881 and started making Single Malt Whisky once again.

For generations nearly 100% of production was used in premium Scotch blends. Now owned by Diageo, they still use the Spirit as a component to upper-end Johnnie Walker Scotches. But starting in 1989 a few special releases of Glenkinchie Single Malt found their way to market. Today there is even a lovely visitor center, but Single Malt bottlings are still far too few for our liking.

For the last few months we’ve been drooling over the latest Distiller’s Editions coming from Diageo. These limited editions come out just once per year and represent iconic distilleries in the Diageo portfolio. Each distillery submits their best effort in a bid to get included. It’s considered a high honor.

Distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2020, Glenkinchie Distillers Edition 2020 takes the superlative 12-year-old Single Malt from their core lineup and double matures it in rare Amontillardo Sherry casks to build layers of flavor that are just super-delectable.

  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Lowland
  • Distillery Glenkinchie
  • Age 12 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Maturation Amontillado Casks
  • Alcohol 43%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.

Appearance / Color
Light Maple

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is warm and inviting with notes of Grappa, pralines, vanilla, old oak tannins, and a light sweetness.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor profile opens with notes of sultanas and more Grappa followed by toasted grains and mixed dried fruit.

Finish
The finish is long, spicy, and lightly dry.

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  • grape
  • pralines
  • vanilla
  • oak
  • slightly sweet
  • golden raisin
  • grain
  • dried fruit
  • spicy
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
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