Speyside region – 52.5%ABV – £650
Who in the who is Kininvie?! If you’re an American, chances are, this is a very valid question.
Kininvie is a distillery owned by William Grant & Sons (same folks that own The Balvenie, Glenfiddich, Hudson Real American Whiskey, Tullamore Dew, Grant’s blend and a few other whiskies & spirits companies). Kininvie is one of the key components in the Monkey Shoulder vatted malt, I mean, blended malt whisky.
It’s pretty rare that the Kininvie distillery releases a single malt. In fact, I think there have only been about 3 or 4 bottlings to date (Mr. Sammy Simmons, if you see this post, feel free to correct me here…). So, when they do release a single malt, being the rare birds that they are, you can imagine that they’d command a high price like the one given here (£650!!)
A big thanks goes out to Marshall N and a few others at the LASC for getting me this sample! These guys are always treating me to some fine stuff and they need to be thanked. So, consider yourselves thanked (and expect some more thanks down the road).
Matured in first fill sherry (type of sherry is unknown to me) casks – let’s taste this one…
Carrot cake less the cream cheese frosting.
Dried fruits (apricot, sugar dried dates) and brazil nuts (N.V.T.S., NVTS!).
Very drying nose – some woody influence here as well.
On the mouth — Intensely drying entry that makes the mouth water to counteract the dry.
A touch of orange peel and also a lot of what I got on the nose.
Finish — A touch of clove, vanilla a sugared carrots
In sum — Insanely lucky to have had a chance to taste this stuff. All of the scents and flavors did a good job of playing to the yearly Fall-Fever I get (most people get Spring-Fever, I get Fall-Fever…). The one detractor I found in it was the dry attack right from the get-go which affected the mouthfeel. This aside, the smells and flavors were so, so nice. Good luck finding a bottle! I’ve found a source with The Whisky Exchange: they’re both rare & expensive (£650!!)
In the end, this made me really want some Balvenie 21 Portwood (one of my faves) so, I poured a bit, relaxed and discovered that life can be good.