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Gentle Lowland Giants

Getting off this flight are representatives from some of the largest and most renowned Lowland distilleries. Fret not, for they are soft, gentle, and easygoing, perfect as apéritifs. You may address them as the Lowland Ladies as they are feminine and floral in character. Being with them evokes sweet memories of grassy meadows, cream, honey, ginger, and spices.

Glenkinchie 12 Year Old

Type Scotch
Style Single Malt
Region Lowland
Country Scotland
Distillery Glenkinchie
ABV % 43
Aged 12
NOTES:
RM288.00

Lessons in the Dram

Single Malt scotch whisky—what is it?

It’s whisky made from a single distillery. Not a single batch nor a single barrel, but a single distillery. For example, a Single Malt from Glenkinchie may use whiskies from different barrels, but all of those whiskies must be produced in Glenkinchie itself. As long the whiskies used are from that one same distillery, we can call the final product a Single Malt whisky.

Description

Hands down one of the best introductions to the Lowland region. This Glenkinchie flagship whisky possesses the easy-going trait of those living a simple life in a verdant green land. It is light and smells of grass. Gathers fruits and cooks them for a living, adding a pour of Sauternes wine for taste. This 12-year-old makes a good starter before a warm meal.

Awards

Winner
Best Lowland Single Malt – 2016 World Whiskies Awards
Winner
Best Lowland Single Malt – 2014 World Whiskies Awards
Winner
Best Lowland Single Malt – 2013 World Whiskies Awards

Tasting Notes

Sight
Golden
Nose
Light, royal-like aroma surfaces with a fusion of salty almonds and hazelnuts. There are sweet Manuka honey or beeswax, and barley malt undertones.
Palate
Undeniably fruity. It’s a delightful sweet concoction of stewed fruits, apple peels, dessert wine, and honey. An oaky mix is stirred in after a while, creating a smooth fusion of sweet flavours.
Finish
Medium length. Ends with a stroll through the meadow, with yummy barley and freshly cut grass.

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Lessons in the Dram

Did you know that no two barrels of whiskies are the same?

Each gives a different flavour, aroma, colour, texture, and other whisky characteristics. Technically, it’s a new product per barrel.

Whisky from a single barrel is called a single-barrel scotch. It’s pure and unadulterated, not blended with whisky from another source. There aren’t many single-barrel scotches available. You might want to try your luck with American whiskeys instead.

Description

If you’ve not tried Kingsbarns, the Dream to Dram is a great one to start with. Distilled in 2015, this flagship Single Malt offers a beautiful, fruity and floral delicacy that is fit for royalty. 90% of this noble spirit is matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks that hailed from Heaven Hill, Kentucky. The remaining 10% is aged in STR (shaved, toasted, re-charred) wine barrels. Let’s give a toast to the Wemyss family, owner of the Kingsbarns Distillery, for this magnificent dram. Cheers!

Awards

Gold
Single Malt No Age Statement – 2020 International Spirits Challenge
Category Winner
Best Lowland Single Malt – 2020 World Whiskies Awards
Silver
Single Malt No Age Statement – 2019 International Spirits Challenge

Tasting Notes

Sight
Pale yellow
Nose
Plenty of new make attributes from the first-fill bourbon casks. Smells like vanilla and crème brûlée. Tropical fruits too! This Kingsbarn is a young chap. It’s full of spirit, so the alcohol smell can be a tad strong. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Palate
Silky smooth, a thin fruity mouthfeel. Brings forth a creamy sweetness from cereals and the aromatic flavours of roasted coffee.
Finish
Banana bread—what? Yep! Spiced with a touch of ginger. Pairs well with the coffee palate just before.

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Lessons in the Dram

Once upon a time, the Lowlands was nearly the sole whisky producer in Scotland. Then came the big bad tax laws and merciless market disruptions, forcing Lowland distilleries to cease operations.

The Highland distilleries, on the other hand, were quick on their feet. They brought underground whisky business up the hills, hiding stills and evading tax collectors. Fortunately, there’s a happy ending for the Lowlands. They are slowly making a comeback.

Description

Made with homegrown malted barley right from the distillery, Bladnoches are the few that keep true to their roots. The 10-year-old is no exception. There’s always something special about being wholly local. Like a handmade gift over one that’s bought from the store. Even the water is sourced from the Bladnoch River. Aged in an ex-bourbon cask, this homeboy is as pure as it gets. Bottled at a stunning 46.7%; no colouring and no chill-filtering. It’s divine. *Plays angelic music.*

Tasting Notes

Sight
Brilliant lemon gold
Nose
Opens up neatly with the aromatic roasted barley, sweet nectar, and tamed fennel.
Palate
Delicious chocolate chip cookies, spiced with a dash of pepper and clove, coated in waxy orange. Imagine biting into a chocolatey pepper biscuit with a bit of zest.
Finish
Feisty and spicy! The ginger bites, though warmly, while the cinnamon roll packs a punch, but sweetly.
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