Founded by local farmers George and John Rate in 1825, the distillery was named after nearby water source Kinchie Burn, and built as a collection of red brick buildings in surrounding fields of barley. Production ceased in 1853, but in 1890 an association of whisky merchants and blenders from Edinburgh began restoring the distillery and built houses for local workers. By the 1950s, the distillery was farming the adjoining land and grazing Aberdeen Angus cattle. Today it is one of the few remaining Lowland distilleries, playing host to 25,000 visitors every year.
Known as the 'Edinburgh Malt’ because of its location just 20 miles from Scotland's capital city, Glenkinchie sits amidst rich, agricultural land in the Lowlands region. Tradition plays a huge part in whisky production, with six wooden washback stills used for fermentation and two large copper stills – among the largest in the industry. A cast iron worm tub cools the spirit instead of the more modern condenser.
How to Enjoy
Glenkinchie 12 Year Old is perfect as an aperitif – you could serve it in a martini glass with water. It pairs well with dishes of sushi, scallops or tempura prawns.
Or try the Distillers Edition neat or over ice. Having matured in a cask previously containing Glenkinchie whisky, then transferred to barrels that have been used for amontillado sherry, this expression reveals delicious soft vanilla scents and a biscuity sweetness to savour.
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