I'll be without a laptop for a few days but hopefully will be able to keep posting through the Christmas period.
Kininvie is a still house in the grounds of the Balvenie Distillery. In my opinion, it is not a distillery. Only a brand.
Why do I think that? Well, have a look at Wikipedia, then Malt Madness. Kininvie does not have a mash tun or fermenting tanks, all that is done at Balvenie.
Compare that to Macallan, who have 3 seperate distilleries on the same estate and still refer to it as the same single malt and you'll start to see the line a little blurred.
Is this still house even in production at the moment? No one seems to know. With the new Ailsa Bay distillery in Girvan, I doubt William Grant even need the Kininvie still house any more.
Who cares? Well, maybe the people buying the 35cl bottles for £120?!
What are they getting for all that money? A whisky that was made to satisfy more demand for blends. Yep, it's a filler malt from Balvenie Distillery. In my opinion.
Kininvie 23 42.6%
Nose: Light, malty, floral, lots of clean grainy notes, pressed flowers and lavender.
Taste: Very malty, grain, light, floral notes and a clean natural sweetness.
Finish: Short/Medium length. More oak comes through.
I would have thought this is the latest batch, but unsure on exact batch/vintage. Not bad at all but the price is absolutely crazy.
Apologies for the rant, but I'd hate for people to actually buying this not knowing anything about it.
Thanks for reading!
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