A rarity in the Diageo Special Release series, Glenkinchie is a Lowland distillery that has appeared only three times in the lineup. This expression was distilled in 1991 and aged in refill European oak butts.
The nose is darker than your typical Speyside whisky, showing notes of oily walnut, furniture polish, pumpkin, and dried fruits. On the palate, it’s initially chewy and quite nutty, with a slight red pepper sharpness right in the middle — but this all gives way to notes of tobacco, iodine, and green beans. There’s precious little sweetness to go around here, leaving the experience focused a bit too heavily on the earth, with some bitter edges where one would prefer to see suppleness.