Re: Glenkinchie 12 notes
That sounds about right.
Several weeks ago I was in one of my local shops (Goody Goody, Addison) and the "Master Ambassador" for Laphroaig was there. Not sure if that's just a fancy title for their reps or if he really was THE representative for the brand. Regardless he was a fine gentleman and was more than willing to chat and give advice on any of the scotches in the aisle, not just his own brands. So, much respect there. Probably helped that I already have a bottle of Laphroaig 10 and was able to start up some conversation over that.
I told him I was looking for something on the lighter, sweeter side for around 50 bucks. I was eyeing the Glenfarclas 12 and Auchentoshan 12. They were one on top of the other on the shelf, at close to the same price, and had been a couple malts I've been wanting to try so being the kind of person that can meander, mull, and over think purchases I decided circumvent that and force myself to choose between those two.
When he said the Auchentoshan was triple distilled I immediately thought of Irish whiskey and he confirmed that it had a lot in common. Ultimately he pushed for the Glenfarclas, saying he thought it had more flavor (not surprising the Laphroaig guy would be pushing for more flavor). I took his advice and I've really enjoyed it, and want to try more from the distillery.
I do like Irish from time to time and your notes remind me of what I like about Irish whiskey, so I definitely still want to give Auchentoshan a try. Still, I think I may make Glenkinchie my first Lowland. It definitely sounds richer.