Kininvie / Hazelwood

   

Kininvie distillery in the Speyside town of Dufftown was founded as recently as 1990 by Willaim Grant & Sons Ltd, the owners of Glenfiddich, Balvenie and the very recent Ailsa Bay distilleries.

Bottlings of Kininvie are quite rare as most of the production is reserved for Grants' blended whiskies, but an official 15y edition was released in 2006.

There have also been a couple of 'unofficial' IB vatted bottlings which were said to primarily include Kininvie single malt.

 
 

Kininvie has a production capacity of just under 5 million litres of pure alcohol per year. A couple of expressions have also been bottled under the Hazelwood label.

 

Distillery photos with kind permission by Teun van Wel

General whisky characteristics: Sherried, rich fruit, slightly dry & bitter at end.

 

 

 

 

Kininvie / Hazelwood

     
 

 

Hazelwood, distilled 9 Aug 1990, bottled 28 Feb 2008, 17y, 52.5% 105 proof

Janet Sheed Roberts edition, first public release, bottle No.117

Typical cost of this bottle: Unknown but already a rare collectible

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Rich amber with a tinge of copper

Nose: Dark cherries, raisins and currants marinated in a cocktail of burgundy and cognac. With time a slightly sweet woodiness and car polish appear, followed by coffee beans and dark chocolate.

Palate: Creamy sherried overtones with a rich dark fruitiness comprising dark cherries and creme brulée seem to dominate the front of the palate, although there are hints of that coffee and chocolate at the back of the palate.

Finish: Unwittingly long, slightly dry and rich fruity woodiness.

Overall Impression: Not only is this quite rare but also quite unusual as it has many sherried overtones alongside a fruity dryness and clear coffee & chocolate notes. At first I placed it as a medium finish but then it just kept on repeating .. and repeating ... and repeating .... in fact it's this slightly dry and maybe even slightly bitter long finish that if anything, let's it down just a little.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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