Glenkinchie Tattoo

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Remarkably, we’re somehow now flying through September; students are returning to university, the weather is cooling, the nights are ‘drawing in’, and some people start turning their attention to Hallowe’en (idiots). For Edinburgh residents, the start of September marks another annual milestone – a return to normality after the chaos of the festival season. Don’t get me wrong, I love the festival and its almost limitless entertainment; comedy, theatre, art, cabaret, musicals, spoken word, gigs, parties, drinks gatherings, and almost any other type of social event you care to mention. It’s something I look forward to every single year.

This year, Glenkinchie have partnered with one of the festival’s most celebrated events, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, to create a limited edition whisky; Glenkinchie Tattoo. This whisky is matured in rejuvenated hogsheads and American Oak barrels and is limited to 6,000 bottles. It’s only available at the distillery or at the Tattoo shop on the Royal Mile so it really is an ‘Edinburgh exclusive’ release.

Commenting on the release, Senior Site Manager at Glenkinchie Distillery, Ramsay Borthwick, said: “We are proud to be the official whisky of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019. This highly prized release has been specially selected by our expert team at the distillery as a celebration of our heritage as “the Edinburgh Malt” and the unique partnership between two of the city’s greatest icons, both celebrating our glorious history.”

Glenkinchie Tattoo
6,000 bottles
46% ABV
£65 RRP

Nose: Very creamy, with vanilla custard, Werther’s Originals, and butterscotch Angel Delight. Some lime oils, lemon sherbet, honeycomb and apple scented soap too.

Palate: Trademark, weight, lactone-y, creamy, eggy custard notes I usually get with Glenkinchie. Then more sweet and savoury things – slightly yeasty, with raw cake mix and fresh dough, and some root ginger and white pepper spice. Some green flower stems and drying oak at the end.

Finish: Danish pastries, copper pennies, lemon pith and grippy oak.

Overall: A rather intriguing Glenkinchie – the classic weighty spirit is there, along with a faintly sulphury edge and a real bready savoury sweetness. There’s quite a lot going on when you add in a nice citrus note and some clean spice. Given the rather tasty liquid, relatively limited release, fairly restricted availability, and pretty accessibly price point, there’s a lot to like about this whisky. I imagine those 6,000 bottles won’t hang around for too long.




  1. Is it possible to get a bottle sent to the states? I’m interested in this whisky..

  2. Hi Greg,

    Great question. I think your best bet would be to drop the folks at Glenkinchie distillery and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo shop a line to see what they can do. Their respective email addresses are:

    Best of luck!


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