Glenkinchie is known as Edinburgh’s malt. It’s situated about 15 miles south east of Edinburgh. With its roots dating back to 1825 it ceased whisky production in 1853 to become a sawmill before being converted back to a distillery in 1880. Unlike many distilleries in Scotland it continued whisky production throughout World War II.
Glenkinchie Distillery is the Lowland Home of Johnnie Walker and is to form part of 4 “corner” distilleries around Scotland including Caol Ila, Clynelish and Cardhu with a new Johnnie Walker attraction in Edinburgh’s Princes Street. This major whisky attraction will rooftop views across to Edinburgh Castle.
Glenkinchie’s new multi million pound whisky experience opened in 2020. Designed by BRC Imagination who are also behind Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse and Amsterdam’s Heineken Experience.
Glenkinchie Distillery Tour
Prior to Covid19 Pandemic, the distillery offered a variety of experiences. The Glenkinchie Distillery Tour involved a guided tour through the distillery production area, followed by a dram of 12 year old Glenkinchie Single Malt Whisky. Other tour options included a Warehouse Experience where guests embarked on an more in depth tour and sample a couple of aged whiskies from the cask.
The new brand home will offer a range of specialist tours and events including a Glenkinchie Flavour Journey and a Warehouse and Cask Tour.
Lowland whisky is know for a light floral scent and flavour profile and Glenkinchie is no exception. The visitor experience reflect this with a garden and orchard are with plants native to East Lothian. There are also tasting rooms and bar area serving whisky flights and tasting platters.