The Kincardine follows on from Adelphi’s Glover series. This time, it’s a blend of hogsheads from Glen Elgin and Macallan from Scotland, with two casks of Amrut from India. A cross-continent blended malt.
The Kincardine has been inspired by a Scot who helped shape modern India, Victor Alexander Bruce who is the great grandfather of Adelphi’s Master Blender and Director Alex Bruce.
While 7 years may not seem old, keep in mind that you rarely see those ages from Indian distilleries, who struggle to fight the angel’s share in their hot climate.
The Kincardine 7 yo
(52,9%, Adelphi 2016, 820 btl.)
Nose: nicely aromatic. A mix of jammy, slightly tropical fruity notes (ripe banana, pineapple, hints of guava) with candied ginger. Then a greener side, with hints of thyme, verbena and grassy notes. Vanilla and coconut too. Quite warm, it works well.
Mouth: a wide array of fruity notes again. Pears, pineapples, gummi bears. Quite some oak as well: ginger, pepper, aniseed and grassy / tannic touches. Lemongrass and mint.
Finish: quite long, same combination of warm fruits and oak spices.
The warm fruitiness of this blended malt is really pleasant, although the whole gets a bit oak-drive towards the finish. Perhaps slightly less special than I hoped for – if you really dig this profile, you might as well have a 100% Indian whisky. Around € 180.