Glenkinchie 1975 (Malts of Scotland)

Yesterday I realized that I needed more Glenkinchie reviews. Sure, it’s not a distillery that comes along often, but still it’s part of the Classic Malts so it deserves some attention.

It turns out I had a sample of a Glenkinchie 1975 bottled by Malts of Scotland in 2009. In fact this was part of the first batch ever from this bottler.



Glenkinchie 1975 - Malts of ScotlandGlenkinchie 33 yo 1975 (57,2%, Malts of Scotland 2009, sherry hogshead #2968, 174 btl.)

Nose: lovely plums, dried pears and polished oak. Bananas flambéed. Blackcurrants. Then some drier aromas, like walnuts and lovely pipe tobacco. Milk chocolate. Something slightly tropical underneath as well, melons and tangerines. Touches of cognac. Something slightly floral as well. Excellent nose.

Mouth: firm attack, with a certain toasty dryness but also lots of fruits. Orange marmelade, plums again, baked apples, blackcurrants. Hints of cinnamon powder, dried herbs and fruit tea. Allspice. Tobacco again. Toasted brioche.

Finish: long, with the same combination of fruits, dark honey and drying spices.

Fairly stunning Glenkinchie, a tad dry but nothing a drop of water can’t solve. I simply love this old sherried style and the fact that it comes from Glenkinchie is quite surprising. Sold out by now.

Score: 91/100