Glenkinchie Single Malt – Where 10 is the New 12

By on May 22, 2023 in Whiskey with 0 Comments

The notion that all scotch must be at least 12 years to be enjoyed is a common understanding among scotch drinkers everywhere. However, one company is out to prove them wrong. This scotch is just two years shy of the twelve-year mark but is growing in popularity.  Say hello to Glenkinchie single malt.

Glenkinchie Single Malt

What or who is Glenkinchie

Glenkinchie is a distillery located in East Lothian, Scotland. It is known for producing single-malt Scotch whisky under the same name, Glenkinchie. The distillery is situated near the village of Pencaitland and is one of the few remaining Lowland distilleries in Scotland.

Glenkinchie Distillery has a long history dating back to 1825 when it was founded by George and John Rate. Over the years, it has changed ownership several times and underwent various renovations and expansions. The distillery is currently owned by Diageo, a multinational alcoholic beverage company.

Glenkinchie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is known for its light and floral character, typical of Lowland whiskies. It is often described as smooth, aromatic, and with subtle fruity notes. Glenkinchie whiskies are popular among whisky enthusiasts and are enjoyed both domestically in Scotland and internationally.

Glenkinchie Single Malt

This ten-year-old malt is 86 proof and very pale gold in color. It has a reminiscent fragrance of peat and a grassy meadow that ends rather sweet. Its body is light to medium, it is considered to be well-rounded lowland malt. In the end, it stays dry and carries a hint of ginger.

Originally formed in 1825 by farmers, this malt clearly has some history. The original owners of the distillery sold it to another farmer who used the distillery as a cattle shed and sawmill. This property was again sold in 1880 and returned back to its natural intention to make fine malt just in time for the whiskey boom in the 1890s.

This Glenkinchie single malt will be enjoyed by the new and revered by the old single malt enthusiasts.

How to enjoy a single malt whisky

Enjoying a single malt whisky is a personal and subjective experience, but here are some general guidelines on how to enhance your enjoyment:

Choose the right glass

Select a tulip-shaped or Glencairn glass to concentrate the aromas and allow you to fully appreciate the whisky’s nuances.

Observe the color

Take a moment to observe the whisky’s color. Swirl the glass gently to release its aromas and observe the legs.  The legs are the trails of whisky left on the glass when the whisky is swirled.

Smell the whisky

Bring the glass close to your nose and inhale gently. Take your time to identify the different aromas present in the whisky. Notice if you detect any notes of fruit, spice, smoke, or other characteristics.

Add a few drops of water (optional)

Adding a few drops of water to your whisky can help open up the flavors and aromas. Experiment with different amounts of water to find your preferred balance.

Take small sips

Take small sips and let the whisky roll across your tongue, allowing it to coat your palate. Pay attention to the different flavors and textures you experience, such as sweetness, bitterness, or smokiness.

Appreciate the finish

After swallowing, notice the lingering flavors and sensations in your mouth. The finish can be long or short, smooth or intense, and may reveal additional flavors.

Avoid overwhelming your senses

It’s best to start with lighter whiskies and gradually move towards more complex and heavily peated varieties. This will help avoid overwhelming your taste buds and allow you to appreciate the nuances of each whisky.

Take your time

Savor and enjoy the whisky at your own pace. Take breaks between sips to fully appreciate the flavors and aromas.

Remember, the enjoyment of whisky is subjective, so feel free to experiment, try different brands and expressions, and develop your own preferences. Cheers!


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Maddy, is a lifestyle addict. With over 20 years bartending experience. Being the editor for Mix Your Drink, seemed like the next logical step to being able to share her experience with making mixed drinks.


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