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Glenkinchie Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Pentcaitland, East Lothian
EH34 5ET Scotland
Tel: +44 (0) 1875 342004 / Fax: +44 (0) 1875 342007
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Acres of barley grow in this "Garden of Scotland", in fields fed by water softly flowing down from the hills. The agricultural revolution of the late 18th Century brought this barley to East Lothian in place of coarse crops of little use to distillers. Father of the Scottish agricultural revolution, John Cockburn, pioneered some of the biggest changes locally at Ormiston. Here at the heart of the farming community south of Tranent, in the lee of the hills, farmers like the Rate brothers learned from these experiments.

They are thought to have begun working on or near this site in 1825, calling their first distillery Milton. The land they farmed had belonged centuries earlier to the de Quincey family, from whose name 'Kinchie' derives. It lay in Lothian, named for King Arthur's brother Lot, who held court nearby on Traprain Law.

Glenkinchie™ is often enjoyed as an accompaniment to sardines and works beautifully with parmesan cheese. Taste style: Medium. A clean and fresh flavour on the palate with distinctive floral and grassy aspects. Some find notes of ginger in the finish.
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Because of its closeness to Scotland’s capital city, the distillery is a famed stopping point on the tourist trail – and the proud producer of what is commonly known as ‘The Edinburgh Malt’ – the pale, dry aperitif of choice for polite society.
It has also long been the favourite Lowland malt of the blenders, and so always in great demand.

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Glenkinchie is a light, delicate whisky; Sweet and creamy with a subtle floral fragrance.

This subtly sophisticated Lowland single malt is a superb pre-dinner drink; try it taken straight from the freezer.



NOSE: Aromatic, vanilla, cut flowers and beneath, a clean, toasty note. Increasingly sweet and creamy, with fresh citrus, lemon cheesecake.

BODY: Light, smooth.

PALATE: Sweet, soft start becoming flowery. Crisp mid-palate then butter icing, lemon cheesecake and freesias.

FINISH: Herbal and drying, a little like pot-pourri.

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The Glenkinchie Distillery

South and East of Edinburgh, where the high, green Lammermuir Hills begin to roll more gently north towards the Firth of Forth, lies the farming country of East Lothian. Although it lies not twenty miles from Edinburgh's great castle and the bustle of the Royal Mile, Glenkinchie's quiet surroundings make this tranquil place seem more remote.

The barley the Rate brothers used was often grown on land manured with local seaweed, ripened earlier and was lighter than grain grown elsewhere - qualities soon prized in the Lowland malts made from it. The draff from the distillery long went to feed local cattle in the village of Pencaitland; a prize winning Aberdeen Angus herd grew up on the Glenkinchie Farm.

Glenkinchie was finally rebuilt in the 1890s as the model Victorian distillery village we know today – with its distinctive red brick buildings, houses for workers and even a bowling green. Tradition has its place here; for example, six wooden washbacks are still used for fermentation, two made from Oregon Pine and four from Canadian Larch.

Glenkinchie's two fat old copper pot stills are also a distinctive feature, among the largest in the industry and together producing 340,000 gallons annually. A single cast-iron worm tub cools the spirit, in preference to a more modern condenser, giving a whisky of greater character and depth.

Today, with just two Lowland distilleries left in production, Glenkinchie™ is the undisputed champion of the light Lowland style. With its interesting visitor center and charming setting, this also makes an ideal first distillery visit for today's tourists. And with more than 40,000 of them visiting each year, Glenkinchie remains at the center of Pencaitland life.

Visit The Glenkinchie Distillery
- The home of 'The Edinburgh Malt' is located in the rolling farmland of East Lothian and houses an excellent exhibition in the listed red brick buildings. Come and visit the distillery and experience a Taste of Scotland. Your visit begins with an excellent exhibition which is situated on the Old Malting Floors. You will then be met by your guide and taken out on tour round the production area of the distillery where you will learn how to make the water of life. To finish your tour you are welcomed into the bar for a dram of Glenkinchie 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky.

Senior Site Manager:
Kay Fleming

January to April:
Mon - Fri: 12noon - 3pm

April to October:
Mon - Sat: 10am - 4pm
Sun: 12noon - 4pm

Mon - Sun: 12noon - 3pm

Mon - Fri: 12noon - 3pm

We will be closed from 23rd December 2010 until 4th January 2011 Inclusive.

Please Note: due to Health & Safety Reasons Children under 8 years old are not permitted round the production area of the distillery.

Adults: £5.00 / This charge includes a discount vo
ucher which is redeemable in the distillery shop toward the purhcase of a 70cl bottle of single malt whisky.

How to find your way to Glenkinchie Distillery on public transport:
The 44B First Bus leaves Edinburgh City Centre (St. Andrew Square) at twenty minutes to each hour the destination is Pencaitland - in the village of Pencaitland get off the bus at the petrol station/Spar Shop in the village and then it is either a two mile walk to the distillery or contact the local taxi on 01875 340805.

Contact Glenkinchie Distillery
Pentcaitland, East Lothian
EH34 5ET Scotland
Telephone: +44 (0) 1875 342004
Fax: +44 (0) 1875 342007
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Posted 1996 days ago
The Lord Provost of Edinburgh gave me a bottle of this, so fond memories for me, memories that might taint my objectivity. But I find I prefer Glenkinche to most other whiskeys in this general class. Without relying on strong peat or tar, Glenkinche has a depth and complexity missing from others I find to be simply thin.
Phil G
Posted 2226 days ago
Took tour in Sept 2012 late in day with 2 others guide was great, and the tasting at the end was even better. No better place to sample Glenkinchie than at Distillery, liked it so much I hand carried through to more countries before bringing home to the USA
PSG3 Sun Prairie Wi USA
Posted 2358 days ago
A creamy smooth, delightfully complex array of citrus, toasted vanilla, and a hint of creme brulee and honeycomb. To say this is simple or soft is to dismiss the beautiful subtelty of the malt. Lowland malts are, by nature, softer expressions than their highland (and evern moreso Islay) counterparts and this is no exception. A great summer whisky and perfectly balanced from start to the wonderfully long finish. A classic for sure. The Distiller's Edition is even more incredible!
Posted 2534 days ago
The vanilla flavor is a disappointment. The finish lasts in the throat a long time, too long.
Viscount Gilbreath-Spiffington
Posted 2720 days ago
A right decent malt. Not excessively complex, but deceptively light and balanced. Sweetness is present but not overbearing. As a general statement the lowland region is not my favorite, but Glenkinchie is a pleasant surprise and is worth trying at least one bottle.
Keith de Noble
Posted 3052 days ago
Very fine representation of Scotch whisky. I will be getting more of this - soon.
Posted 3349 days ago
Smooth, creamy feel with twist of honey and vanilla finished with a hint of smoke. A nice introduction for the beginner scotch drinker. May be a bit too sweet for the experienced tongue, but one of my favorites to serve.
Posted 3492 days ago
a lowlands single malt… very light... very very as a matter of fact,
somewhat fruity nose, almost dry after that, almost nonexistent finish…maybe some ginger right at the end… claims to be mildly peaty/smoky but I couldn’t detect it. May require a subtler palate than mine of may be, as one reviewer put it, just vanilla flavored alcohol. Unimpressive anyway.
Derek Crehan
Posted 3494 days ago
A Smooth Subtle Malt for the Sophisticated pallet
The Calibrated Tongue
Posted 3866 days ago
It's vanilla flavored alcohol. A total disappointment.