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Glenkinchie Distillery1.jpg
country Scotland
region Lowlands
Geographical location 55 ° 53 '29.2 "  N , 2 ° 53' 29.7"  W Coordinates: 55 ° 53 '29.2 "  N , 2 ° 53' 29.7"  W.
Type Paint
status active
owner Diageo
Founded 1825
founder George and John Rate
Washstill (s) 1 × 30,963 l
Spiritstill (s) 1 × 20,998 l
Production volume 1,700,000 l

Glenkinchie is a whiskey distillery near Pencaitland in Scotland . The distillery belongs to the spirits group Diageo (formerly United Distillers), and the whiskey is marketed as part of the group's Classic Malts series. Some of the distillery buildings are classified in category B in the Scottish list of monuments.


The distillery was founded under the name Milton in 1825 by the brothers George and John Rate and was only renamed Glenkinchie in 1837 . In 1853 the Rate brothers went bankrupt and no more whiskey was produced until 1881. In 1914 the distillery became part of Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD). Like many others, the distillery remained closed between 1917 and 1920. In 1968 the floor maltings were closed and in 1969 it was converted into a whiskey museum. In 1987 the distillery went to United Distillers & Vintners (UDV) and ultimately to Diageo . Today it is one of the last operating distilleries in the Lowlands .


The distillery, which is part of the Lowlands region, comes from Lammermuir Springs. The distillery has a mash tun ( mash do ) (8.5 t), six fermentation tanks ( wash backs ) (together 258,000 l) from larch - and pine wood , a Wash-still (30,963 l) and a spirit still (20,998 l) which are heated by steam.


  • The 10 year old Glenkinchie is a relatively atypical Lowland whiskey with a fresh and light character and a delicate smoky note.
  • The 12-year-old Glenkinchie replaced the ten-year-old version in August 2007 and is produced without a smoke note, making it a typical representative of the region.
  • The Distiller's Edition was matured in an Amontillado Sherry barrel.
  • Glenkinchie's Cask Strength is only available at the distillery. The current bottling has 59.3% vol. It has matured normally for 12 years and then matured in Amontillado sherry barrels for at least six years.
Glenkinchie Distillery Visitor Center
Bottle of twelve year old Glenkinchie


Glenkinchie has a visitor center and can be visited. Among other things, there is a large model on which the individual steps in whiskey production are explained. In December 2018, a building application for the conversion of a multi-storey warehouse into a new visitor center with tasting facilities and direct bottling from the barrel was approved.

See also


  • Charles MacLean (Ed.): Whiskey. World Guide, Regions, Distillers, Malts, Blends, Tasting Notes. Dorling Kindersley, New York NY et al. 2008, ISBN 978-0-7566-3349-3 .
  • Walter Schobert: The whiskey dictionary (= Fischer. 15868). Revised new edition. Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2003, ISBN 3-596-15868-0 .

Web links

Commons : Glenkinchie  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Listed Building - Entry . In: Historic Scotland .
  2. ^ Glenkinchie: building application for visitor center approved., December 28, 2018, accessed December 30, 2018 .