Kininvie distillery

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The mashing and malting takes place in dedicated vessels within Balvenie, but it doesn’t use any of Balvenie’s own-malted barley and the fermentation is slightly longer. The wash is then pumped to the stillhouse where three sets of three stills (one wash still feeding two spirit stills) are located. The spirit stills are similar in shape to those at Glenfiddich, but the wash stills are larger. The character is more floral than Glenfiddich with a soft tongue coating quality. Aging takes place in a variety of woods: first-fill Bourbon, refill and some Sherry.  

  • Region
    Speyside
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
    Mothballed
  • Brands produced here
    Hazelwood

Kininvie History

It was pressure on stock which prompted William Grant & Sons to build a third distillery on its Dufftown site in 1990. Glenfiddich’s success meant that its production had to be ring-fenced for single malt, but there was still a need for the firm to produce single malt in-house for its blending requirements. In more recent years Kininvie has provided the backbone for Grant’s blended malt brand, Monkey Shoulder.

There have been very occasional bottlings – as Hazelwood – but in 2013 a limited edition 23-year-old was released, initially for the Taiwanese market. The following year it was followed up with a 17-year-old for global markets.

Timeline

  • 1990 William Grant & Sons opens Kininvie on the same site as Balvenie and Glenfiddich
  • 2001 A blended whisky containing Kininvie, Hazelwood Centennial Reserve, is released
  • 2006 Kininvie is released as a 15-year-old single malt under the Hazelwood brand
  • 2008 Hazelwood Reserve, a 17-year-old single malt, is released in duty free
  • 2011 The distillery falls silent for a year
  • 2013 The Kininvie brand is launched as a 23-year-old single malt in Taiwan
  • 2014 Kininvie 17-year-old is launched in global markets; batch two of the 23-year-old is released

Owner

Current owner

Contact

Address
Kininvie Distillery
Dufftown
Moray
AB55 4DH
United Kingdom
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See also

  • Balvenie Balvenie Balvenie Distillery & brand

    Balvenie

    Balvenie is one of the few distilleries to still operate a floor maltings.

  • Glenfiddich Glenfiddich Glenfiddich Distillery & brand

    Glenfiddich

    By far Scotland’s largest distillery.

  • Ladyburn Ladyburn Ladyburn Distillery & brand

    Ladyburn

    Once producing a floral, citrus malt within Girvan's grain complex, Ladyburn's whisky is now rare.

  • Grant's Grant's Grant's Brand

    Grant's

    Blend from the William Grant family.

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