I have different drinks for different moods. This Scotch is my perfect wind down after a long work week. It's kind against your palate, sweet and tones of apple and honey that is wonderful in my opinion. Maybe not my first choice for a night of whisky tasting but perfect for relaxing. On the nose it's wonderful with strong honey scent.
Bourbon is my drink of choice, and while this is not my first experience with Scotch, this is my first time attempting to review a Scotch. I received a Scotch taster box with 3 samples, and the Lowland single malt Glenkinchie 12 Year is what I am starting with. I don't know what the typical notes are in a Scotch, or if there are even "typical" notes, so I'll do my best to give an honest and accurate review. If you're a Scotch virgin like me, this review may be just what you're looking for.
The nose is bright and light with honey sweetness, slight fruit, cereal, and some underlying smokiness. There is something about the nose that reminds me of white wine, but I'm not a wine guy so who knows what that means? The mouthfeel is smooth and oily with a palate that is sweet, light, and fruity. There are not a lot of standout flavors so describing this whisky in anything but general terms is difficult. The finish is moderate with an earthy smoke and apple followed by a bit of mint. I suspect that this is a good introductory Scotch and is easy to drink. There was nothing in here that scares me away from Scotch, but also nothing to bring me back. Scotch cocktails are not something I am familiar with, but I would imagine this would be a good one to use in a cocktail. It's fine.
Inspection: Light in color, not thick (doesnt stick to the glass much)
Aroma: Honey Notes Dominate, with floral notes. Slightly smokey as well.
Taste: a bit of a Bite throughout the whole time in mouth. Definitely taste the Honey, and Green Apple. Even with a bite, still pretty Smooth.
Exhale: Very smooth compared to the Taste, not much of a burn at all.
Overall: I dig it. Smooth with a Bite if that makes any sense, definitely will keep in mind of buying a Bottle.
When drinking it neat the nose was very cereal forward with a bread yeast nose. The first taste to hit was oak. The finish was smooth and warm. After adding 2 drips of water, the nose definitely turned grassy. The sweet came out with a hint of honey. A smooth, lingering finish.
The citrus, mostly lemons hit the nose directly together with a cereal tone,
At first taste apples shines through, more fruits with lemon at the forefront and barley,
Smooth medium finish, almost grassy at the end,
Salted caramel and dried figs on the nose with a faint hint of currant. Tastes almost like a Reece’s with more fig and a little citrus on the palate. I find this to be pleasant and would gladly drink this again.