In 1990 William Grant & Sons built new malt distillery Kininvie (Kininvie estate borders the grounds of Balvenie).
The distillery does not have it’s own grounds, it is in fact a separate stillhouse with three pairs of stills, tucked away behind Balvenie. Almost entire output goes for blending, mainly Monkey Shoulder and Grant’s brands; Kininvie is also sold to whisky brokers and blending companies under the name Aldundee. Kininvie single malt debuted in October 2013 in Taiwan, here we got Batch No. 1 of 17 years old released in 2014 as Travel Retail exclusive. The majority of whisky (80%) was aged in ex-bourbon barrels, with remaining 20% coming from sherry wood.
Nose: fruity and floral, apples, peaches, plums, acacia blossom, honey, vanilla, marzipan, sweet cereals, steaming cappuccino and hints of sawdust.
Palate: initially sweet, vanilla custard, sweet pastries, honey roasted nuts, then becoming spicy with notes of pepper, ginger and oak.
Finish: medium long, ripe orchard fruits, vanilla, pepper and oak.