Glenkinchie 1991

Overall rating
86.85/100
votes
49
Whiskybase ID
WB84105
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2016
Vintage
1991
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
24 years old
Casktype
Refill European Oak Butts
Number of bottles
5928
Strength
57.2 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Barcode
088076180796
Market
United States United States
Added on
26 jun 2016 3:37 pm by mds51
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 429.75

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Whisky reviews for Glenkinchie 1991

14 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.85 points.

  1. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This is selling for $600 CDN here in Ontario, that's a pretty heft price tag even for a limited release.
    • Nose
      The nose is sweet and lively, hot oak and subtle floral notes. Citrus and machine oil notes.
    • Taste
      The palate is hot to start. White pepper and pineapple, sugar syrup and some soft malt. Second sip settles a bit, but it's still very lively for 24 years. 
    • Finish
      This is quite something. I'm a huge lowland fan but this is way out of my price range. I think it's quite good but underwhelming for the price. The sweetness dominates the palate and overwhelms the malt a bit. Still quite good though.

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  3. Sandman23 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. Al-aid-din scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Lowland / sounds nice, pleasant, not too complex, grassy, floral, adapted ...
    All this is not the 24 year old Glenkinchie.
    57.2% - and you notice that too. But: they form a successful framework to allow the otherwise perhaps too fleeting notes to come into their own with the usual 40%.
    A noticeable effect occurs here with prolonged oxidation ... A dram from a freshly opened bottle quickly appears unbalanced, hard, a little aggressive. Similar to a good, high-quality Barolo or Brunello, “air” works wonders here. If you give him time, the dram gradually develops into a harmonious, extremely complex total work of art, which may seem a little too lovely in the finish for some (and that without aging in Sauterna barrels ...), but even with heavy red wines such as Australian Syrah's wonderfully harmonized.
    A whisky that can certainly be enjoyed on its own, as its delicate complexity is quickly silenced by intense sherry bombs or the smoker fraction, despite the alcohol content.
    Given the prices to be paid for extremely mediocre Macallans or naturally selected rosebanks, I would personally describe the price-performance ratio of this whisky as absolutely ok.
    A tip: pour out the first 6 drams - (with a lot of time), let the bottle rest for 6 months ... - and every further dram is just fun ...

  5. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Glennie scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Certainly not much bang her. We have to hunt subtle notes. Some white fruits for sure. Baked apples I think. Citrus like lemon drops. Soft wood spices. Pears like in candies pears and baked bananas. Mouth: Soft and sweet at the very first, but then this deceiving whisky sets in with a huge spice kick. Girnger, peppery, lemon, some mango or pineapple. A bit of aniseed.
    Finish: Woody. But not unpleasantly bitter. But hard roasted coffee and bitter chocolate lingers. The sweetness disappears fast and leaves a rather long dry finish.

    Lowland whisky is supposed to be soft. Not really the case here. I don’t mind bold whiskies, but this one is not so balanced. Like it knows it is far from its’s home turf. For the price tag it can’t be recommended at all. For 75-100 € I have tasted far far better whiskies. But certainly not bad at all.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 80 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      77 77

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 80 points Photo Moderator

    The creamy and thick texture on the tongue is the best - the rest is not really special - no thanks!
    • Nose
      Green fruits, vegetables, little honey
    • Taste
      Very oily, thick and creamy, unripe fruits, oaky, a tad bitter, malty, dried hay
    • Finish
      Medium long, even more bitter

  9. maltaholic did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    By Serge 

    Glenkinchie 24 yo 1991/2016 (57.2%, OB, Special Release, 5,928 bottles: 85 Punkte

  10. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/glenkinchie-24-yo-5928-bottles-572-vol-diageo-special-release-2016/

  11. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    So now I've tried an older Glenkinchie in barrel strength. Hm. I'm not a Glenkinchie fan, but 12 and DE are solid for their price, which you can recommend. The disappointed rather, no Wow, not a very interesting note, special fullness, Alterseleganz or something, the sharpness or the necessary dilution messes up the nose fun .... ne, even for 80 I would not want to have, let alone for 350 € and more. Edit: After that, a shot of Old Pulteney 12 was poured in and it was supposed to appear a bit pale after a € 350 whisky. He did not.
    • Nose
      I would not type on Glenkinchie - crispy, browned toast, breadcrumbs, nutty, more walnut, soft-woody, fairly dry ... almost no fruitiness, just a slightly bitter-fruity approach, it's already going resinous, water brings nothing
    • Taste
      also diluted pretty sharp, with more water I get it pleasantly oily (which is then but again too much for the nose), baked banana, toffee to chocolate, aromatic woody, and still some sharpness, pepper, ginger
    • Finish
      long, hot, spicy, very dry (furry mouthfeel), a hint of chocolate

  12. RL_whisky scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    For me a little bit of water enhances the taste quite a bit.

    Personal taste of course, but in a direct comparison with the 20 yrs (2007 Special Release) I preferred the 20 yr old.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  13. Cast Olila scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  14. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Robust & Brutal
    There are not that many official bottlings of Glenkinchie. After the 10 Year Old was replaced by the 12 Year Old there have only been a couple of Distiller’s Editions, Manager’s Choice and Manager’s Dram and a limited 20 Year Old. Hence it was a (pleasant) surprise to find Glenkinchie in this year’s line-up of the Diageo Special Releases. This 24 Year Old, of which almost 6000 bottles were released, will set you back some 400 EUR, though. I find that too much (and that is an understatement). Nevertheless, I will gladly give it a try (I scored the sample at the Spirits in the Sky festival).
    The nose is robust on overripe apples, oranges and lime, nuts (mostly almonds) and coconut, but also shows quite a bit of wood and even some wood glue. I like it, but admittedly though this would be softer, rounder and more fruity.
    The arrival is powerful and spicy on bitter oranges and lime, followed by apples, green tea and lots of liquorice wood. It not just robust now, it is even a tad brutal. You would expect softness from Glenkinchie, but this one has quite a rough edge. There is also something sour in there that I cannot quite pinpoint. Gooseberry? Hint of min. The wood is just a tad too loud to my taste.
    That wood puts its foot down in the long finish.
    Sturdy Lowlander that even reminds me a bit of Rosebank. But so expensive: between 350 and 550 EUR (what a ridiculous difference!) depending on where you look. Way too much for me to spend on this.

  17. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes by Diageo

    Color: strong golden yellow, clear amber tone

    Aroma: Mature and considered; tender at first, then quickly full and lush; with tart top notes of lime and candied apples; then traces of walnuts on a soft layer of sweet biscuit; accompanied by mossy base notes with traces of pine resin. With time juicy unfolding notes of pineapple, orange and raisins, while the base notes become ashier; with caramel transition to tanned butter. With water, flavor is dry and appetizingly bitter; One smells fruit compote and vanilla cream and an increasing Toffee note as well as a trace warm sanded wood.

    Taste: Soft texture, warming; first bittersweet, then spicy and woody, with cedar wood, banana sweets and vanilla cream. Fairly dry and increasingly warmer with a pronounced ginger note and sweet crunchy cereals. Sweet with water, but less intense and soft, delicate with a slightly spicy sharpness. The body is moderate and oily.

    Finish: Long and warm, with a hint of Szechuan pepper (aromatic and cooling in the mouth). Ginger-flavored with cinnamon and cedar wood; more toffee and chocolate soft tannins; then cleaning. Longer with water, drier and still warming, sweet and ashy; burnt molasses toffee and bitter sweetness.

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