The great Scottish poet Robert Burns described the lands around this distillery southeast of Edinburgh where the Lammermuir Hills descend to the Firth of Forth to be “The most glorious corn country I have ever seen”.
Located at Pentcaitland in the county of East Lothian this whisky distillery was originally called Milton by the first owners the Rate brothers but changed its name to Glenkinchie in 1837. The location was ideal as there was a good supply of pure water from the Kinchie Burn and a plentiful supply of barley from the nearby farms that used sea weed as a fertiliser. Also the draft from the distillery was used to feed the prize winning Aberdeen Angus beef herd on Glenkinchie Farm.
For the first 65 years of its life this distillery lived almost in obscurity and it was not until the 1890s that it was rebuilt as a Victorian Village Whisky Distillery which apart from workers houses even had a bowling green. Also installed at this time were two very large copper pot stills which could produce 340,000 gallons of spirit annually.
Ultimately falling into the hands of D.C.L (Now Diageo). This whisky distillery is unique in the fact that it continued production right through the Second World War. At this time almost all of the production was used for blending in Dewar’s, Haig and Dimple Haig (Deluxe). The single malt whisky from this distillery was first released in 1988 as a 10 year old expression for the Classic Malts range. The next release was in 2007 when a twelve year old was released followed by a twenty year old. Despite this there has always been a shortage of releases. The one independent bottling which is very rare and much sought after by connoisseurs is 33year old Dewar’s Rattray.
Taste: Light, Grassy with hints of Ginger.