It had already been 8 years since I last tried the Glenkinchie 12. That may seems like a very long time (well, it is…), but that has everything to do with the fact that this malt does not have a very good reputation. But going back to basics from time to time is not a bad idea. So… here we go.
You may call this a floral nose. Quite some grasses and flowers and pretty grainy too. Only after a few moments do I get some toffee, honey and some pears. Lime creeps in slowly. Some vanilla and nuts. But not much else and to be honest: this is a very mediocre and not very interesting nose.
The body is fine, but the taste is again quite middle of the road, just like the nose. Some sweet grains (you can actually taste the barley), pear, some citrus fruit and loads of oak. It also reminds me a bit of crème brûlée, but not made by the best chef. It even becomes a tad bitter towards the end.
In the finish – which is not overly long – I get some spices, wood and a salty hint.
Well, I guess that explains why it had been such a long time since I went back to this. Note to self: feel free to wait longer than 8 years before pouring this again.