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Glenkinchie, Distillers Edition 1991 (Scotland)
Diageo’s 10-year-old ‘Classic Malts’ Glenkinchie is a fine and sophisticated example of a Lowland, but the Distillers Edition Glenkinchie of 1991, finished in Amontillado Sherry butts, allows for enhanced interplay between the ‘sweet’ and ‘dry’ characteristics that lie at the heart of the spirit. The nose is rich and complex, with honey, vanilla, Sherry and new leather. Late developing caramel shortcake. Water releases smokier, more treacly notes. Full-bodied and warming on the palate, with stewed fruit and molasses, contrasting with drier, slightly smoky notes. The finish is long for a Lowland, with toffee apples and nuts. A lovely, sophisticated, elegant whisky, which confounds the received wisdom that Lowlands are essentially one-dimensional pre-dinner drams. This whisky was a Whisky of the Month. 43.0% ABV, 70cl, £35.00, specialist whisky merchants.

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