Glenkinchie 12-year-old

Overall rating
79.07/100
votes
205
Whiskybase ID
WB505
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Edinburgh Malt
Bottled
2008
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281021935
Added on
17 oct 2007 11:40 am
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 34.50

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Whisky reviews for Glenkinchie 12-year-old

30 users have left 34 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 79.07 points.

  1. Dede scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    A classic that I did not know. Not unpleasant, but very far from being part of my favorite starters.
    • Nose
      This nose is organized around a pronounced malty base. Some floral perfumes, a discreet smoke, a hint of honey and especially the greenness of freshly cut grass complete the picture.
    • Taste
      She plays on a fruity acidulous and a beautiful malty sweetness. Counterpoint is given by the bitterness of the grass. It's well balanced, but the aromas lack power. Alcohol is felt at the end of the mouth despite a low degree.
    • Finish
      Medium length, on applesauce and herbaceous bitterness already raised in the mouth.

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  3. Malthead19 scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    - a still felt very young whisky
    - looks much younger than the 12 years and also younger than the old 10
    years of bottling
    - in direct comparison, the 10 year old is even more aromatic
    than the 12 y.
    - PLV : at around 30€ there are no high expectations, but
    still quite disappointing for 12 years of maturity, for the
    30€ I would definitely choose other 10 or 12 year old single malts
    prefer
    • Nose
      Pear, green apple, looks younger than 12, somewhat metallic [
    • Taste
      woody, pear, oak, powerful attack, remains powerful and spicy in the mouth, seems a bit unbalanced and somehow very impetuous, could do with a few more years of aging
    • Finish
      short, slightly sharp finish ;
      medium-long, dry, somewhat spicy aftertaste

  4. Malthead19 scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    - a still felt very young whisky (looks much younger
    than 12 years )
    - in direct comparison the former 10 years is even still
    more aromatic than the 12 J.
    - at around 30€ there are no high expectations, but
    nevertheless quite disappointing for 12 years of maturation
    - for the 30€ I would definitely prefer others
    • Nose
      Pear, green apple, appears younger than 12, somewhat metallic
    • Taste
      woody, pear, oak, powerful attack, remains powerful and spicy in the mouth, seems a bit unbalanced and somehow very impetuous, could do with a few more years of aging
    • Finish
      short, slightly sharp finish ;
      medium-long, dry, somewhat spicy aftertaste

  5. MH90 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Citrus, vanilla, some flowers, some honey.
    Short finish.
    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      74 74

  6. Macheye scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Glenkinchie 12 year old is a perfectly acceptable whisky, but I’d not go anything further than that. You can certainly taste the underlying spirit character, but, whilst garden-fresh in places, I find it to be quite raw and unrefined in others. Despite two years more ageing than its 10 year old predecessor, it manages to taste a fair bit younger – this might be due to changes in production and/or recipes, but, I suspect it’s more likely down to poorer cask quality (I.E the use of tired casks 3rd and 4th fill casks which offer less activity and therefore less maturation). Still relatively well-priced, but a far cry from the 10 year old it replaced.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/glenkinchie/glenkinchie-12-year-old/
    • Nose
      Herbal, grassy and quite light. Freshly cut grasses, florals, hay and lemon oils, are joined by some sharp metallic aromas – very akin to copper coins. Grape juice and green apples provide some fruitiness along with light honey and gentle toffee, but it’s hard to get around the distinctively young aromas of copper contact that are quite dominant here.
    • Taste
      Light and malty, but quite simplistic too. A quick arrival delivers biscuity flavours, citrus and grasses along with gentle orchard fruits (primarily apples). This then heads into steeped tea territory, becoming increasingly drying with a touch of astringency along for the ride. After a period of resting, underlying earthy notes develop. Spiciness is certainly present and quite interesting – clove, cardamom and sprinkle of black pepper. But, I still get that unrefined raw and coppery taste, even with a few drops of water.
    • Finish
      Short, quite drying and slightly bitter with oak and pepper.

  7. domani scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    An elegant single malt with a pleasant floral bouquet - 03.04.2015
    • Nose
      Malt, pineapple, lemon, herbal, flower meadow
    • Taste
      Very fruity paired with a light sweetness, mild, flowery and creamy
    • Finish
      medium

  8. Obanrules scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Achany scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  10. LukeFive scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This one is lemony and citrusy

  11. Hvdree scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  12. LukeFive scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  13. FISHAC scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    For me a decent example of a 'classic' Lowland whisky. Grassy and flowery notes, sweet and pleasant with notes of vanilla also - and with a little bit of smoke to mention some traits of this whisky. Light-bodied. Short finish which is not too exciting, but still quite enjoyable. A decent buy all in all in my book. 

  15. nathanyael scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  16. Koning scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    A broad palate which doesn't always work out well.
    • Nose
      Pretty light, but interesting enough.Both fresh (grass, lemon) and sweet (flowers, caramel) elements. Also a little bit of smokiness on the background.
    • Taste
      Initially young and sour/fresh (alcohol, green apples, lemon), later developing into flowery notes and creamy caramel.
    • Finish
      Both bitter, sweet, and sour. Green garden herbs. Fades out rather quick and leaves a dry mouth.

  17. Fable scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      75 75

  18. Flo did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

  19. Flo did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

  20. Dennis1979 scored this whisky 77 points Administrator

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      77 77

  21. granella2003 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Quite light, yet fragrant. Display of fresh grains and corn, some barley sweetness and a nutty note
    • Taste
      Very fruity with hints of Madeira and sweet stewed fruits. Tannins and hints of calvados oak along the mouth
    • Finish
      Medium long with notes of cereal and a fresh greenness

  22. Jonkers scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    The balance is not perfect because of the faint and flat finish. A very soft whisky but not very impressive, maybe because of the soft character.
    • Nose
      Malt and oak. Very fresh and floral. Hay and vanilla and also a little butterscotch. I smell pear !
    • Taste
      A little oily but very, very soft. A very pleasant spicyness but also sweetness from vanilla and pear. Friendly and easy to drink.
    • Finish
      A little spicy. Because of the friendly character of the taste, the finish is not that impressive. Sweetness lingers in the short finish.

  23. D3US scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Not a bad dram but too light bodied for me. Not something I usually enjoy.
    • Nose
      Fresh sour citrus, flowery. Vanilla, butter candy, light oak.
    • Taste
      Very mild. Slightly bitterness from oak or maybe lime peel. Malty, a bit oily as well. Grass or hay. Vanilla and light spices.
    • Finish
      Nice vanilla and lime and citrus for as long as it lasts, which is not very long at all.

  24. Furtia scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      75 75

  25. TANIL scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Nose: Lemon (for sure), sweet, fresh but restrained, a whiff of smoke.

    Taste: Lemon candy, zesty, vanilla, malty light bodied.

    Finish: Very short, malty, very light again but all of a sudden a faint popcorn note appears that I fell in love with.

    For the price, it is definitely a cracker.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  26. Cabardi did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    N: Flowery, meadow, honey, slightly nutty and malty, plums, lime T: Warm, nut, cereal Q: Short

  27. drkrylov scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Grass. Straw. Marshmallow. Lime jelly.
    • Taste
      Smooth. Crème brûlée.
    • Finish
      Finely grated lemon peel. Lemon grass. Root ginger. Nutmeg. Spicy. Big. Long. Dryish.

  28. drkrylov scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  29. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N: sweet, caramel, forest fruits, malty and citrus
    T: soft with ripe fruits - pear
    F: citrus, spicy and dry
    compared with Glenkinchie 10

  30. Igor scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Light, clean, vivid and articulate lowlander. If you don't strive after complex, refined, sophisticated malt whisky, just something to relax a wee bit, finding a pleasure in clarity and purity, - well, at this rate Glenkinchie 12 y.o. will be of use without fail.
    • Nose
      Fresh, coniferous, grassy. Mint, juniper, duchesse pear, honey, halva, choux pastry, orchard, floral sweetness, marmalade, banana, raisins. It may also reveal some queer features like wax candle, pencil eraser or gym shoes, depending on the type of glass you're using.
    • Taste
      Soft, surprisingly oily body. Lemonade, acid drops, mead (beverage), prune, ginger, horseradish, kipper, shellfish richly sprinkled with lemon, salt, spice.
    • Finish
      Quite short, alas. Intense citrus pungency - lemon rind in particular, almonds, pickle, radish, paprika, pepper. Firstly, you get this zest attack, some seashore motives in the middle, and an uncompromising citric acidity finally.

  31. SpiritHall scored this whisky 79 points Member Junior

    A very pleasant scotch to drink. Priced on the very high side for the experience.
    • Nose
      Fresh, sweet and a bit of lemon.
    • Taste
      Light. Sweet, creamy and lemon.
    • Finish
      Short. The flavours disappear quickly.

  32. hsmithjr scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    Good gentle dram.  Not to become a staple in my cabinet.
    • Nose
      Sweets shoppe.  Confectioners sugar.  Grass.  Apple tart with vanilla whip cream.
    • Taste
      Creamy and smooth.  Light.  Citrus, then mellow oak.
    • Finish
      Medium length.  Dry and oaky.

  33. Feusi scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Sweet and fruity with apple blossoms and fruit notes, as in the nose as well as on the palate. Unfortunately remains a somewhat short finish, but a very comfortable standard, indeed.

  34. Quaker scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    A pleasant and classic whisky that lets itself drink without complex.
    • Nose
      Light, here we have a sort of cross between a Cardhu OB 12yo and Knockando OB 12yo. We are on cereals, a little honey. The whole is very homogeneous but all in all quite classic.
    • Taste
      Sweet and in the prolongation of the nose: malt, hay and, to a lesser extent, almonds or nuts. A little acidity supports the whole thing.
    • Finish
      Pretty good length, it leaves a pleasant feeling of sweetness in the mouth.

  35. Lafroy scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The aroma is very fresh and delicate. Nose
      is very intensive in fruits, raisins, green apple, possibly hints of pears. It
      seems light and flowery.
    • Taste
      It starts with sweet fruits, it is
      definitely delicate, but rather immature, hints of oak, notes of smoke, root, some
      pepper at the end, but still smooth and sweet.
    • Finish
      Medium long, semidry, with sweetness and bitterness
      in the aftertaste.

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