Glenkinchie 1991

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Stated Age
24 years old
Refill European Oak Butts
Number of bottles
57.2 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
26 Jun 2016 3:37 pm by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 358,79

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40 × member ratings

43 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenkinchie 1991

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.82 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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 ...

  3. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  4. 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

  5. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 80 points Moderator

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

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 80 points 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

  8. maltaholic did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    By Serge 

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

  9. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  10. 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


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