Glenkinchie 1992 17 YO The Manager’s Choice, 58,1 %

Glenkinchie 1992 17 YO The Manager's ChoiceI have only tasted two Glenkinchies before todays whisky; the 12 YO and the 20 YO.

I attended a whisky tasting at TasteNote in Sweden a few weeks ago. The last dram of the tasting was this rare whisky. A 17 YO Glenkinchie released in Diageos The Manager’s Choice series.

The whisky was distilled 3 February 1992 and bottled 5 March 2009. It was matured in European Oak cask #502 which gave 528 bottles. I tasted from bottle 420.

This whisky is not available in Norway or Sweden. A quick check on the Internet shows that this particular whisky is on sale on The Whisky Exchange at GBP 174,30.

Nose (22/25): Fruity. Lots of apples and pears. Fresh with lemon, mint (lots!) and eucalyptus. Maybe some alcohol stick. It became less sharp and more grassy with water added.

Taste (20/25): Perfume. Perfume. Perfume. And then salt and fruity (apples and pears still). Cold and watery. Water did not change it noticeably.

Finish (20/25): Dry and the taste of nutshell. Oak. Eucalyptus (like the taste of the Norwegian pastilles Dent – the green one).

Balance (20/25): Complex nose. But to me the perfume was too dominating on the taste. I am very happy to get the chance to taste this whisky. And of course I will keep on giving Glenkiniche new chances!

Score (82/100)

– Tone

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