In terms of single malts, there are now only a few active distilleries in the region with Auchentoshan probably the most recognized, Alisa Bay the newest entrant and Glenkinchie, our feature whisky for the evening, part of the Diageo stable. Three new distilleries are joining the Lowland ranks – Daftmill, Eden Mill, and Kingsbarns.
Lowland whiskies are reputed to be light, grassy without peat, typically triple distilled to make for a more delicate whisky, earning the nickname “The Lowland Ladies.”
It seemed a good place to start our evening…
And what did our Whisky Ladies find?
Glenkinchie 12 year 43%
- Nose – Apple cider, honey sweetness, quite fresh, then began to reveal an earthy moss, floral perfume and sweet cinnamon spice
- Palate – Alcohol then spiced apple cider, plank of wood, bit oily, musty cardboard
- Finish – Chocolate heat, some star anise
- Water – Bit a debate whether it was needed – for some made it flat, others felt it opened it and made it even sweeter, smoothened it as it damped down
Here’s what the folks over at Glenkinchie have to say:
- Nose – Aromatic and floral notes.
- Palate – Sweet with a slight liquorice aftertaste
- Finish – Dry finish
Did we agree? Sure about the nose but not so sure about the succulent, fleshy, juicy elements…
The Whisky Ladies of Mumbai’s Scottish Regional Tour continues…
- Lowland – Glenkinchie 12 year 43% (this post)
- Islands – Jura Turas-Mara 42%
- Highland – Clynelish 14 year 46%
- Speyside – Cardhu 12 year 40%
- Islay – Ardbeg 10 year 46%
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