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Glenkinchie is the first distillery you get to when arriving at Edinburgh, i know it's the only distillery i've visited.
Bought this Glenkinchie in early 2011, more than two years ago, tasted it once or twice being mildly satisfied but a little dissapointed. So much i do know, that all a malt needs to show it's true colours, is a natural quality presentation, good casks, a little air, lots of time, patience and perseverence.
This malt jumped back at me after leaving it a whole year with just a little air (just what it needed) as it seemed rather more closed than bad quality judging by my first impressions.
Nose: Frgarant, light but cereal rich nose. Digestives dipped in camomille tea. Crushed almonds and mixed cereals. Honey biscuits and stewed fruits. Dried apricots and vanilla pods rounds the nose off.
Palate: Clean, fresh cereal-rich arrival, with that digestive note this time mixed with acacia-honey, caramel and an artificial sweetness(saccharin). There is a slight yeast-y note that develops from this, making the arrival simplistic but very comfortable and very pleasant. The developement is made up of green gauge, a BIG peach note that prolongs the medium-long cereal finish, some bitter oak and marmelade creeps in as well as some spiritiness.
Overall a very pleasant malt that got even better with time and air in the bottle. If you like more one or two-dimensional whisky's where you can loose yourself in their savoury singular specialty or if you just like cereal then, well you probably figured out this is your whisky.
In reservation of sounding alcoholic, i would say that if you would need a breakfast whisky, this would make the cut.