Glenkinchie 12 Year old
Fresh meadows, warm vineyards
11th Jan 2011
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Tasting Notes by scribe
It's been a while since I've reviewed anything on Connosr, so thought I'd start with something less taxing than the Rollercoaster... This evening I'm sipping on this little number. It's not my usual dram of choice, but I fancied something a bit more lightweight, and this is fitting the bill kind of nicely.
A cold January probably isn't the best time for a glass of the 'kinchie 12, unless you're dreaming of springtime already. The nose is fairly straightforward - I get the wet cut grass notes that other reviews pick up on, with a kind of cloying sweetness behind it - like strong toffee and honey stirred in, perhaps with a hint of apples. It's a bit like a late Summer evening pegged on to a Spring day, if you've ever travelled through time like that.
For me, the body whacks out a strong wine aroma - both white and red grapes, with a little too much of the skins left on - almost raisiny, perhaps. Hidden somewhere amongst that there's a florality (like morality, but with more flowers) to balance it out, although if you're in the wrong mood the 'Kinchie can come across as more diversive instead. The string wine flavour carries over as I gulp down the glass. Markjedi1 notes how well this goes with pasta in his review, and I can totally see how that would work.
For the review's sake, I added a splash of water to this, out of scientific curiosity to see how it would react. Rather pleasantly, the toffee and butterscotch notes seem to get drawn out more, although I suspect any more than a few drops would kill it off pretty quick. Maybe one should drink it neat with the main meal, then stir in some drops to go with pudding...
Overall, this is a decent whisky to have lurking in the back of the cupboard, just for evenings like this.