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Glenkinchie 12 Year Old

(70cl, 43%)

Glenkinchie 12 Year Old

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Glenkinchie 12 Bottling Note

The flagship expression from the Glenkinchie distillery, one of the stalwarts of the Lowlands. A fantastic introduction to the region, Glenkinchie 12 Year Old shows off the characteristic lightness and grassy elements that Lowland whiskies are known for, with nods to cooked fruit and Sauternes wine along the way. Brilliant single malt to enjoy as an aperitif on a warm evening.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: A light, aromatic nose with hints of barley malt, almonds, hazelnuts and manuka honey/beeswax.

Palate: Very fruity palate with a mix of stewed fruits, dessert wine, apple peels and honey. Becomes quite oaky late palate.

Finish: A medium-length finish with barley and freshly mown grass…

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Glenkinchie 12 Year Old Reviews

Like, Smooth, hints of fruit

Easy drinker, would be good for a Whisky beginner I'd say, really pleasant on the palate

29th September 2020

Solid value for money

WOW. I’m a dyed in the wool Islay Peat head and have just started venturing on a journey around Scotland and Ireland. Bought this for a taste with a Loch Lomond 18 and imo it is an easy points winner. Loved the fresh fruity aroma and the Granny Smith smell reminded me of my wife’s shampoo. I know strange!!! But a lovely aroma was backed up by a lovely taste beautiful finish and a longing for more. A very special dram

20th September 2020

Beautiful apple nose

Those giving 1 star I don’t really get. Whisky divides like nothing else. But. This isn’t football. To give such a low rating is silly imo. A nice easy drink. Neat or watered the lovely fresh apple smell smooth tongue and warm finish. Beautiful. I’m 100% Islay peat wood smoke. But this is a lovely inoffensive sweet drink

18th September 2020

It's just ok.

It's ok. Just ok.

17th September 2020

Smooth and easy

Sweet smooth and lite it's so enjoyable my wife is joining me with a dram in the evening. Great value in my option and one to have when friends come round for dinner as this offering will suit most pallets.

31st May 2020

Too strong neat, water it down for great flavour.

Cannot drink without water, way too strong. With water, it radically changes. It comes alive with fruit, apples, caramel and a nice sweetness. Still strong and easy to drink a lot in one sitting. A rich dram and not for beginners. But worth a try.

14th May 2020

Much better alternatives

Too many high ratings. I got a dram as a sampler and it was disappointing compared to the other four. Why would you want a “grassy” whisky with extra burn? I agree with another post - for Lowlands, Auchentoshan was delicious.

28th January 2020

Very nice

Refreshing and light to the palate

31st December 2019

It is pretty neat, neat. Add a spoon of water and it becomes soup.

I don't have that great knowledge and vocabulary and sensitivity to detect all those fruits and smokes and lizards but this drink, NEAT, is pretty neat!

Quite flavourful on its own but even a little water dilutes it too much, unlike Laphroaig or Ardmore.
For 3,200 in Chandigarh, it is worth it.
My top slot is still occupied by Ardmore Legacy and Laphroaig 10, though.


25th December 2019

green Apple, honey, with a grassy/oakey finish. Oiley velvet texture

Disclaimer: I'm usually an islay fan and have a pretty basic palate. This is my first lowland.

Let rest for ~10min

Nose: boom floral, honey, butterscotch and a bit of spicy nuttiness to it.

Palate: Right off the get go you get huge honey flavour, massive green Apple, finished grassy oakey. You also get a bit of a nuttiness to it (sweet nut, like pecan).
The texture is quite nice and a bit oily so it sits on the tongue perfect. Something I personal usually attribute to quality whiskey.

I got almost no smoke whatsoever.... Just a bit of oak but that may be because of me killing my palate with the smoke of islay

Good easy drinker. Decent value. Would buy again but not my usual drinker (that remains to be Corry)

15th August 2019

Will probably buy again.

Good smooth drink. The perfect nightcap. Much preferred to Penderyn that I was given at the same time.

14th January 2019

Good trial

Slighty honey taste, lightly peated with long apple finish. I agree with others that is almost blended job, have had better but good introduction to peated blends as doesn't come on strong.

27th December 2018

Distant bonfires in apple orchard :)

I know, that's a bit pretentious. Apple orchards don't have a taste, apples do. Well, this lovely malt to me has a beautiful fresh apple note (yellow or red apple) with a very subtle peat/smoke that is sure to appeal even to those who think Islay malts are bottled turpentine. The peat is even less prominent than something like JW Black Label, but unmistakably there. Try it without water and then perhaps a literal drop. It's so juicy, not nippy at all, doesn't need much. BTW, I am not saying that there's no other notes like orange or apricot, etc. I am not great at singling them out, usually I notice 1 or three, so I focus on the most prominent. Also, it's not absolute, not like there's a set number of notes, aka "the correct answer" and people try to feel those. No, it depends on your own palate and experience (if you don't know what toffee is, you won't perceive it, but it might remind you of dulce-de-leche or something else from your background). So my "green apple" might be your "kiwi".

I know they say Lowland malts are "light". This is the only one I've tried, but from what I gather it's not a triple-distilled malt (like Auchentoshan, which is an Irish whiskey produced in Scotland, nothing wrong with that). Comparing it to unpeated Highlands and Speysiders I wouldn't call it light, at least not like the much maligned light beers. It's fresh but no less substance than Glenmorangie, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Old Pulteney (perhaps on par with Old Pulteney in terms of interest). It's not syrupy like Aberlour or Macallan, has its own pleasant character. FWIW I rarely think of different malts as "better" or "worse", I only compare them to contrast their features. There are very few I didn't like (Singleton of Glendullan 12). And I like them all - the light bourbon-cask malts like Glenmo10, the syrupy sherry monsters and the peaty Islay bruisers, all depends on the mood, weather and company. Sometimes I even taste bottom shelf blends and I've found a few that surprised me, though single malt will always be my preference.

I recommend this malt on its own, however it's also a good way to see if you might enjoy peat. Tasting an Islay bruiser like Laphroaig, Ardbeg or Lagavulin might scare you off (or you might become an instant addict). Instead try this or Glen Moray Peated or Highland Park. The peat is very tame but enough to get you acclimated to it. If you can afford it, I would go in this order: Glenkinchie 12 -> Glen Moray Peated -> Highland Park 12 -> Lagavulin 16 -> Ardbeg 10 -> Laphroaig 10.

12th June 2018


Che dire !!! Merita veramente tanto questo Glenkinchie 12 anni da avere nella collezione. Fruttato, miele, molto morbido allo stesso tempo potente nel retrogusto......Un Grande Dram.

27th May 2018

Good enough for a starter.

Nice and smooth. Better with a gitanes cigarette.

7th April 2018

nothing of that

I tasted this scotch but I find it has no smell and taste, I have not picked honey and fruit. I did not like it

4th April 2018

Jaffa cakes!

Lovely sipper. Massive hit of orange zest/ jaffa cake. Worth a try for the price

3rd February 2018

Un 12enne da non perdere

Un dramm assolutamente elegante, ottima combinazione di sapori al palato e al naso......da gustare nel più relax possibile.

7th January 2018

Delicious. A must

A delightful malt. Smooth, fragrant and gentle on the nose, toffee apples on the palate and a short, gentle finish. A malt for all occasions and one I would recommend to people just getting into whisky. A highlight delight

23rd December 2017

Just OK

Nothing to write home about. Decent dram.

1st December 2017

Smooth but an acquired taste

Nose - Pleasant floral, strong heather, slight lemon cake

Palate - Sweet, medicinal, very heathery, grapefruit, very herbal, smooth enough for a young spirit, a dry oak taste develops reminding me of being in a sauna breathing in the air

With water - nose is much the same

A sherry flavour coming through, much smoother, oak, grape, lemon, and medicinal very sweet heather but on a better note than neat

When I first got this in 2013, I didn’t like it, the chemical heather taste wasn’t to my liking. But coming back to it, this is a nice dram, it’s a patient mans dram. It needs 15 minutes and water, give it that and you’ve got a beauty.

I would recommend sampling this one as the sweet medicinal heather might not be to your liking.

22nd October 2017

A bit rough round the edges

Many peoples reviews are heralding this as smooth and drinkable. I have to disagree, after tasting this I did get many light fruit notes with sweet oak creeping in, however, there was a fair amount of bite and burn from the spirit. I can't be sure but I feel like they may have rushed the distilling just a bit.

12th October 2017

Not quite.

Nice, complex. I really was hoping to like it more though. There's something soapy tasting about it, though. I guess i'm back to Auchentoshan for the complexities of the lowlands.

22nd September 2017

Delicate & Light

I buy a bottle of this every spring. It's light honey character and floral notes are perfect after a long winter (of Islays and bourbon).

19th September 2017

v good

I drink it its very good live 5 miles away from distillary

7th August 2017

Decent Dram!!

Its a nice drink, not much harsh but not value for money. It costs 77$ in Dubai duty-free and I feel it's quite overpriced for the quality.

6th August 2017

Gustosamente equilibrato.

Che dire!!! Un ottimo whisky, si lascia gustare al meglior dei modi, lascia una sensazione di fresco floreale...anche se tutto può essere (soggettivo), a mio avviso questo Glenkinchie 12 anni, merita veramente di avere in casa.

24th June 2017

Really nice flavour with touch of water

That's what I drink

12th June 2017


This whisky is awful I absolutely despise this flavour

22nd May 2017

Smooth and light

Its the first scotch I've had the pleasure of tasting, and it's a good place to start. It opens up wonderfully with a little bit of ice. Would definitely buy again.

9th April 2017

nice for a change. one of my favourite high street nips tough choice between this and balvennie

Smashin taste!! Considering the strength its nice to the nose. Tastewise.... Strong but mild.. Honey is quite distinctive. I drank at room temp on its own! Lovely.

18th February 2017


As smooth as the day is long. A veritable delight. A must-have in my collection.

25th December 2016

Lowland subtlety

I can understand why the reviews for this are mixed. It took me half a bottle to decide if I liked it or not (spread over a number of weeks). It is mild, but then it is a Lowland Whisky so that should be expected. Being a Lowland novice I usually sample Islay, Speyside or Highland whisky. I initially found this to be bland but I think I needed to learn how to enjoy a different style of whisky. I had to learn to appreciate the light nutty, barley, grass and oak aroma and the oat, honey and apple palate. This whisky is quite good at what it is: a good value, delicate, subtle whisky. Personally, I prefer more intensity but this whisky (and the Lowland region) doesn't promise intensity so I ought to be fair in how I assess it.

28th September 2016

Gentle and breezy

This is a very delicate whiskey. This is my first bottle. I'm actually savoring it. Though at the current price, it may become my staple first call.

25th July 2016

What's not to like?

Great value whisky that hard to fault, easy drinking and very moreish be warned!

16th June 2016

Delicate with body

Excellent fine whisky for connoisseurs. Many other more expensive whiskies don't have the same structure and delicate palate

3rd June 2016

Great, light and sweet!

This is really a great whisky for beginners and experienced drinkers of Scotch. Obvious notes of honey and green tea. Lightly warming the palate, it’s beautifully balanced and nuanced. Not peaty at all, but much unappreciated. If you like this try Springbank 10.

26th May 2016

Let's be real...

As a passionate and frequent adventurer in the alcoholic arts, I gave this scotch a little try while exploring the wonders offered by the beautiful city of Edinburgh - the only wonder of this scotch is why it is still on the shelf. The vicious flavour could only be improved if a Canada Dry ginger ale company drowned the pub I was sitting in - and honestly I would have welcomed the spicy, watery grave.

25th May 2016

Tastes cheap

If it didn't say single malt on the side could have thought it was a blended jobbie

5th May 2016

Smooth, light, subtle flavours

I like this offering and can really tell the difference compared to a Balvenie or Auchentoshan. I would call this a "classic" single malt Scotch. I think we are really lucky to find this locally (Montreal, Quebec)

22nd April 2016

Smooth, sweet with honey notes

Easy to drink. Very smooth and sweet. Initial taste of honey and grass. On the back gets little hint of smok with tobacco notes. Good for the price if you are looking for a easy drink or in a hot region where peated can be little hard to drink

6th March 2016

The price is right

Recommended,, so must try

6th February 2016

Honey and heather

So this is the last of Diageo's classic malts of scotland range that I hadn't tried so after some searching picked up a bottle today. Initial taste is lightly charred oak followed by honey and sweet grains with a nice floral/fruity finish.I am normally a peat head but I love how grassy this one tastes it's like taking a stroll through a meadow I love it. Sort of reminiscent of dalwhinnie 15 but smoother and fruitier this was definitely worth the effort it took to obtain it. The Sugarbear

27th January 2016

Oatmeal in sprintime invade old Edinburgh

A refreshing apple cheeked bottle of bliss: hints of honey and a trickle of grape juice and plums nose of hay and oats burst of gold tipped greenery and a long finish of sweet ceylon Dimbula tea.

20th January 2016


I can understand some people thinking this is bland. It doesn't have a massive character or a flavour profile you could hang your hat on, but MAN this thing is smooooooooth!
Just enough florals to keep it worthwhile and a touch of heat in the finish to remind you what you're drinking. A really great easy drinker.

16th January 2016



5th January 2016

Flat and floral perfume

Flat and floral perfume, but round and smooth. Thin, not full-bodied at all. An artificial finish.

Compared to Cragganmore 12 and Dalwhinnie 15, this is a little bit boring, but I think I'll give it another try sooner or later.

Not bad, but not highly recommended.

25th December 2015

Stephen South Wirral

My favourite non peated whisky

22nd November 2015

Stephen South Wirral

Veritable delight for lovers of non heated single malt whisky.

22nd November 2015

Love from Iowa

I have been searching for just this in my favorite scotch. The neat nose is wonderful I interpret lemon zest, pepper, caramel and honey, warm grains with a hint of smoke. To drink I feel citrus oil tingling my lips a nice mild pepper burn faint peat faint oak, sweet grain caramel, marshmallows and a nutty smooth finish.

7th November 2015

The Price is Right

Very, very tasty scotch that won't break the bank! My new favorite.

5th November 2015

Premium soft

I love it. fruity and soft, delicious.

31st October 2015

Late night chillax

Had my first dram in Liverpool last night a great drink to end an evening. Light, floral and sweet.

24th October 2015

Best malt!

I drink it very often. I love this taste...

26th August 2015

Fantastic tipple

This is such a smooth drink with a refreshing feeling left on your mouth after every sip, simply a wonderful drink, I would have rated 10 but my phone touchscreen is terrible, happy drinking

20th August 2015

Soft, mellow, consistent honey and dried fruit.

This is a light mellow whisky with notes of alfalfa honey, sun-dried tomatoes, golden raisins and fresh-hewn maple. Not quite nutmeg, but a woody spice. Does not have the clover honey flavor of Jura, but a pleasant, consistent honey note. Even at 43% does not require water to be enjoyed; the flavors will appear with time in the glass.

18th August 2015


Had this with a few cigars on my stag do. Got mixed reviews from some of my guests but an overall great drink especially with a cigar really bring out the flavours in the cigar

30th May 2015

Refreshing n different

.....but not vacuous..... goes against the grain of single mslt classics in that it is not heavy, peaty, smoky..... but crisp, mellow, smmooth, creamy n fruity n hint of aromatic spice at the same time....

17th April 2015

My opinion

Its the best for me smooth scotch really great.

23rd March 2015

The Best Lowlander

Blows Auchentoshan out of the water. Distinct lowland character. You get the citrus tang. It's also got a maltiness about it, that lowland barley. There is also a sweetness about it. 43% ABV fills in the flavor profile well.

12th February 2015


This has to be one of the most enjoyable scotches out their. Thank you for the experience.

8th February 2015

Very full!

I am new at the Scotch world but am enthralled with the many aspects of this whiskey.

The color is wonderfully golden with an aroma to me as spiced fruit. I did not pick up on the cereals... The pallet was not as smooth as expected, but generous with a full body of nutty fruit. Then there was a wonderful charred flavor that broke to a fruity finish. I was duly impressed with this 12 year.

25th January 2015


This is my 100% perfect malt.

13th January 2015

Nice Lowlander

color: rich golden nose: fruity, some vegetal and herbal notes emerge with water palate: rich texture, fruity and honey notes finish: fairly short, clean with heather and barley

A nice whisky. This is much better than the old Glenkinchie 10 y/o of the past.

2nd December 2014

So Good !.....The best i 've never bought !

I'have received one bottle from my daughter,last June.I've already bought others Glen...,but never with this quality and taste !I'am sure that it will be very difficult to come back now ! Thanks for the pleasure, you give me !

29th September 2014

Last of the Lowlanders

Since being launched as an individual malt after being purely a blenders malt, Glenkinchie has got better and better. A much more satisfying dram than its Glasgow rival, it has a naturally smooth velvet texture only found in the best single malts. It can be hard to find, but is well worth it.

28th April 2014

Patty M.

I was given a bottle as a gift and loved it. It is now my firs- choice single malt, however, a bit pricey for my pocketbook.

11th April 2014

Bob H

A smooth, gentle sort..maybe not as exciting as others in the same price range but very comfortable. This won't be my last bottle.

13th February 2014

Lee M P

Bought a bottle of this a few months ago as it was on offer at a reasonable price. Wasn't expecting major things as the reviews i had seen were mixed. But it has been highly enjoyable. Very smooth. Starts fruity and then honey for me. Almost has a creamy finish to it. Will definitely be making a repeat purchase.

13th January 2014


I had not had Glenkinchie for over 10 years. Very smooth and easy to drink, so in my house it won't last long. Strangely, my Edinburgh born father thinks it has an unpleasant aftertaste that I cannot detect at all - still, what does he know ! Highly recommended.

6th January 2014

nice whiskey nice price

got a bottle in Vegas airport with the last of my dollars to take home and its a lovey well balanced malt great taste and after taste would recommend it to any whiskey fan plus the bottles are generously sized which is always a bonus

26th November 2013


just love this single malt...

10th October 2013


Amazing drink but way better with a drop of water makes its sooo smooth.....71 $ in quebec a bit expensive

7th October 2013

Pity about the aftertaste

Nice nose, good on the palette initially but let down by the tail - there are better drams for the same dollars out there

14th September 2013



13th August 2013

@So does this come with a tasting glass?

It does indeed come with a tasting glass! The whisky's not half bad, either! --The Chaps at Master of Malt

15th July 2013

So does this come with a tasting glass?

The picture would suggest so, but there is no mention. Not that it's a deal breaker, but it certainly would be persuasive if I choose to purchase this one shortly. x

5th July 2013

Murray L

Bought a bottle because it was reduced, I did not know what to expect. It has a great taste and really nice flavor of malt. Willould buy another bottle again in the future.

4th May 2013

George - GlenKinchie 12

The 'Edinburgh Malt' representative in style of a typical Lowlander. Inoffensive and light, enjoyable early afternoon or as a lunchtime digestive. Nose: Light tones of barley and nuts (almonds, maybe cashews?). Honey oozes with a gently fruitiness. Palate: Fresh, sappy and fruity. Honey and melon notes sing out with a hint of apple and oak. Finish: Not of great length, but maintains that freshness and slight sappy sweetness, with a touch of barley.

18th April 2013


best in its class. for my tastes at least. superb....

25th March 2013


what a revelation - a fan of the big peat, Isla etc. but this slaps you around the face , and says 'what about me- the pretty one, who isn't 'in your face' - but sweet , demure - enjoy me for my clarity of soul and longevity of essence.
Many thanks to T and Z for introducing me to this.

6th March 2013


So easy to drink My wife loves it.....

14th December 2012

Phil D

Just had a sample from Master of Malt - enjoyed the light taste, really smooth. Highly recommended.

5th October 2012

Bob C.

Drink Glenkinchie 12 year old at my local.The Stables in Kirkintilloch. It is first class.

21st September 2012

Pete C

Just picked up a bottle of this from local supermarket as it was on offer, great sub £30 dram if, like me, you like them smooth and subtle.

9th May 2011

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