The last batch of Kininvie 23 year old was reviewed here last august, and It was a very good whisky indeed, It’s now time to try the latest release- batch #3 which is seems to be available mostly in the Whisky Shop. If you remember, Kininvie is a sister distillery to the Balvenie and is quite young (founded at 1990), it does not mash it’s barley, but gets it from the Balvenie distillery, which is a few meters nearby, to be distilled in its set of stills (3 wash, and 6 spirit).Almost all of the whisky made in Kininvie is used in William Grants’ whiskies, such as Monkey Shoulder etc..
Nose: Candied oranges and creamy vanilla , honey and some pineapple bits too. Canned Stewed peaches in syrup and , coconut and toasted oak with a touch of banana and sticky rice.
Palate: Vanilla and white pepper up front , then sweet juicy fruit with more custard , nuts and sweet spicy wood. Seville orange and a hint of raisin and cocoa, ginger powder and cinnamon bark.
Finish: Lovely vanilla ice cream cinnamon , buttery and drying. Milk chocolate.
Again, lovely stuff, I sense this is even creamier and lighter than Batch #2, and it’s a very good whisky indeed. If you’re considering a dram for a hot summer day, this might well be it!
Again, there’s the price issue, at 120 quid (for half a bottle mind you!!!) , you can find quite a few whiskies that offer much better VFM. This however would make a wonderful gift idea, for a connoisseur who’s tried most whiskies, and can appreciate a good whisky from a lesser known distillery.