Reviewed on Sat 12 Mar, 2016
Not the most complex dram, this is a bit one dimensional but super easy drinking and typifies that lowland style.
This early 90's (maybe late 80's?) bottling of Glenkinchie was the lowland whisky on offer at the last Norwich Whisky Meetup. I believe I bought this at auction a year or two ago, and it's been sitting at the back of the whisky pile ever since... I don't remember what I paid for it, but the same bottling was on Master of Malt recently for almost £100, so my expectations were quite high.
Unfortunately the cork broke on this one upon opening, but thankfully the whisky was fine and I was able to retrieve most of the cork out without dropping too many bits into the bottle.
On the nose: I don't remember any Glenkinchie I've had before being this good. The nose is a glorious symphony of bananas, perfume, candied lemon peel and honey. It smells divine.
The taste: Unfortunately a little more one dimensional than that lovely nose. It's quite sweet, which typical of many lowland whiskies, and the same honey and banana flavours quickly give way to flavours of mild oak, heather and cereals. It's very light and there is pratically zero alcohol burn at all.
The finish: Moderate to long. The oak hangs around a bit but there's still that sticky sweet honey remaining on the lips.
Personally... Not the most complex dram, this is a bit one dimensional but super easy drinking and typifies that lowland style which is very different from your average Highland/Islay/Speyside offerings, As sweet and floral as it is, it's also probably not to everyone's taste either, but I rather enjoyed it. A dessert dram if there ever was one.
Personal Rating: 88/100
Value for Money: 87/100
Overall Rating: 88.4/100