Kininvie 17 Years Old Batch 001 Travel Retail 42.6% 1996
€ 90,75 (in Vat)
|Serie||Batch No 001|
|Bottled for||Travel Retail|
|Cask Type||American Oak and Sherry Casks|
|Cask Number||Batch No 001|
|Condition||In Original Container|
The Kininvie Distillery, one of the youngest distilleries in Scotland, began production on 4 July 1990.
The distillery was built on the grounds of the Balvenie distillery, and consisted only of a still house. Whilst featuring computer controlled distillation, it lacks its own mash house. Mash houses are responsible for producing the liquid needed for fermentation in the washbacks, so the liquid used by the Kininvie Distillery in their washbacks was piped from the Balvenie distillery some 200 metres away.
The distillery operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet demand.
Almost all of its whisky was used in the blended whiskies of William Grant & Sons. Kininvie was closed in 2010, when Grant's Ailsa Bay distillery became operational.
Serge Valentin (82)
Small bottle, neat contemporary packaging, high prices. Colour: gold. Nose: maybe that’s because it’s owned by William Grant, but I cannot not think of a vatting of Balvenie and Glenfiddich. Floral (dandelions, buttercups), some overripe apples, a touch of light acacia honey, a little heather, a little marzipan, a little custard, three yellow plums, and a little cappuccino, then more raw barley and a touch of mead. Sweet, clean and mellow, rather delicate. Mouth: some vanillin in the arrival, apple juice, white pepper, plum pie and, once again, a little light honey. Then rather fresh walnuts and a few drops of Schweppes. Not too light given the strength. Finish: of medium length, a tad spirity, with a few raisins, a slice of tinned pineapple and then quite some vanilla and white pepper in the aftertaste. Comments: perfectly drinkable despite a certain lack of character – and perhaps value.
Gal Granov (89)
Nose: Classic stuff. Textbook speyside on a plate. Malty with lovely fruitiness as in baked apple and pear, toasted oak , vanilla and spices. Some wet hay too and old wood. a hint of balsamic sourness . Brilliant.
Palate: Spicier and less creamy than the nose suggested. Prickly. Then getting maltier with the baked apple and oak, pepper and dough.
Finish: Peppery, malty and fruity , also quite buttery and long.
This is a very good malt indeed, and it’s hard to say which is better: the 17 or the 23… If i had to pick I’d probably go with the 17 but it surely depends on my mood at that moment.