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Glenkinchie 12 Year Old

A generic single malt

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@Robert99Review by @Robert99

22nd Jan 2017

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  • Nose
    20
  • Taste
    18
  • Finish
    16
  • Balance
    18
  • Overall
    72

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Right from the bat, I will tell you, I am not a fan of the Glenkinchie 12 yo. As my coming back review, I choose this malt because it is widely available and I need to review other malt than those that I really like. It's a good exercise that I need to do. I picked this bottle about a year ago when some expert name it the best lowland under 12 y. So let's start.

Nose: I have alot of drying oak with some wet long grass and a hint funky. Then I have some low notes and orange. Unfortunately, I also have some chemicals. The nose is young and a bit rough but not bad. After sipping it thhe nose shows vanilla

Palate: The palate is a good trancription of the nose. There is some bitterness that will build up with each sip becoming a problem for me and enhancing the chemical note as well. For me, this scotch is like a mix of An herbal version of Glenmorangie original with some generic blend (maybe something like Dewar's basic blend). The oak is mostly like sawdust with some rough spices. The low notes are good but stay in the back ground. In front there is a very present white pepper.

Finish: The finish is very generic and short except for the white pepper.

Conclusion: This dram is easy to forget. With air, the build up of bitterness and chemicals is less present but that doesn't make it a good scotch just an ok one. I will not buy it again.

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3 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Thanks for this review. I read reviews for three reasons:

  1. To help me decide which bottles to pursue

  2. To help me decide which bottles to avoid.

  3. For the pleasure of reading others' enthusiasm about good whiskies.

This one definitely fits into category 2. Very thoughtful and very helpful. Thanks again.

2 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Robert99, thank you for your review. One of my Connosr buddies remarked about 3 years ago that I didn't seem to give out very low marks often. I told him it was because it was much more fun and enjoyable to review the whiskies which I liked than the ones which I did not like. Actually I have reviewed quite a few whiskies which I do not like, maybe more often since that conversation. It is a public service to review the whiskies which are commonly available, since those are the ones others are frequently considered for purchase.

@Nozinan, I would be unlikely to trust the purchase of a bottle of Glenkinchie 12 yo unless I tasted it first. I've had samples of two Glenkinchie 12 yos. The first was completely horrible, while the second was good to very good. 50% horrible experience does not give confidence for the purchase of a bottle.

2 years ago 0

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

@Nozinan , @Victor Thank you for your comments. Indeed, I did this review for public services as you are saying and yes it is not as fun as reviewing a good one. The best part of this scotch is the lower note, but even without the chemical or the bitterness, it would barely be an 80. What disturb me is that somebody called this Glenkinchie the best Lowland under 12 yo a year ago. I would take any Auchentoschan before that.

2 years ago 0

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