BTC: Sample 17 (Glenkinchie 33, Dewar Rattray)

Not that I guessed this one exactly right, but I tasted it after seeing on the forum what it was. That did make me look forward to tasting it. Glenkinchie is a distillery that isn’t regularly available from indies, but one that does produce some great drams!

It takes a few minutes for this one to get up to steam, but then the entire southern hemisphere opens up their fruit markets. It does quite a lot of sweet woodiness but the dried peaches and apricots are more prominent. In the background I get some fresh mint and anise.

Glenkinchie 33, 1975

The palate is a bit sharper than I expected, but when I looked up the ABV and saw that, although its 33 years old its still above 60%, I thought it was rather smooth. The woodiness is a bit less than on the nose. The mint and anise are still present and there is a slight ‘fatty’ feeling to it. Of course, the fruit is still the main flavour, by far. Its in your face!

The finish is a bit more robust, with (again) massive amounts of tropical fruit. Somewhat more fresh and juicy than on the nose. The freshness is pushed to the background and there is a slight fiery edge, like slightly burnt toast.

This is, in which ever way you look at it, a fantastic dram. Not typically old Lowland style, but incredibly fruity, very well balanced and matured to perfection.

Glenkinchie 33, 06-08-1975 – 03-11-2008, 60.7%, Dewar Rattray, Refill Hogshead, Cask #2967

5 stars


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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2 Responses to BTC: Sample 17 (Glenkinchie 33, Dewar Rattray)

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