35cl // 42.6% ABV
Kininvie (and in particular the 23 year old batch 1) is a true hidden gem in whisky world as only two single malt bottlings have ever been released since its was built by William Grant and Sons in 1990, and those two bottlings are becoming the collector items and extremely precise right now. Kininvie is one of the members of William Grant and Sons stable, in together with famous Glenfiddich and Balvenie. This gem is purposely covering by William Grant & Son over the years as it is too important to their portfolio that all output must be secured and therefore almost invisible to the market.
Nose: Sweet, sugary fruits and deep syrupy goodness. Markedly different from the 17 Year Old, those 6 years make a hell of a difference. Spicy, ripe peaches being torn open, vanilla, a little kiwi, hints of that Sherry.
Palate: More peach, with cream at first like a Campino sweet, before becoming more removed from the central sweetness with gentle oak building. All fairly light, but full of flavour.
Finish: A little bigger and longer than expected with more sweet syrup notes.
Overall: Wow. Hands down the best sample of the night. That combination of 80% bourbon and 20% Sherry along with the 23 year maturation is the mutts nuts – no wonder they chose to finally release a Kininvie!