Kininvie 1996

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch No. 001
Stated Age
17 years old
American Oak and Sherry Casks
42.6 % Vol.
350 ml
Bottled for
Travel Retail
Added on
20 Jul 2014 1:44 pm by Roman

Average value

€ 126,20

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144 × member ratings

667 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kininvie 1996

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.78 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2015]  I bought bottle no. 02572 for 60 Euro in April, 2015.  These carefully selected casks for the first ever release of the Kininvie sngle malt are indeed very delicate and I can understand why the blenders claimed all the stocks so far...  This is certainly NOT a whisky for Islay style lovers or "oompf" fans - but if you like balance and the complexity of virtually hundreds of different flavours in a flowery/fruity/nutty profile, this is a must try.

    The Kininvie distillery itself is a rather unspectacular ribbed roof building that hides in the huge Glenfiddich/Balvenie complex (just pass Balvenie distillery to the left and after two warehouses you see a garage style building to your left that can be easily overlooked).  Nevertheless, this malt should be bottled more often as I am curious if future releases can keep up with the excellent profile of this 17 year old.

    PS:  This dram takes some time to open up to its full potential - and always remember to warm the glass to body temperature before nosing/tasting it!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    The scent of this whisky is an experience in itself, wonderfully complex. You can smell wonderfully sweet and slightly peppery notes.
    The taste is silky, take the time to roll in the mouth and the sweet taste is a sensation! The aftertaste is slightly tufted, stays sweet and seems somewhat cinnamon. Keep enjoying. I am really pleasantly surprised, a gem !!
    • Nose
      Pleasantly dry, sweet and slightly peppery. Promises what!
    • Taste
      Sweet, dried fruit and a little pepper / cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Taste sensation continues, stays long and aromas of peat appear.

  3. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      65 65

  4. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      75 75

  5. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. MY MALTS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very pleasant drop ...
    Round and velvety, reminiscent of Balvenie ...
    But seems "thicker", and also felt sharper finish than Balvenie ...
    Although this kininvie comes up with "only" 42.6%, I find that at least 1.5 ml. Water should be added to 2 cl. Whisky ...

  7. wisekycourse did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    floral sweetness!
    in fact, it is very sweet, we feel the fruit a little stewed, honey very present, a little cream, lemon back slightly and vanilla.
    a little damp wood and menthol.

  8. pianoman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Dry summer meadow. Baked banana with honey, apple pie, garden herbs. Fanta, effervescent powder.
    • Taste
      Sweet with some pepper. Apple, unripe pear. Cereals, hay. Somewhat pale.

  9. leocrazy scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      78 78

  10. whiskytheo did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The Kininvie 17 years old Batch 1 is a 17 year old Speyside single malt and one of the first single malt releases of the Kininvie distillery. Distilled in 1996 and matured in former bourbon and sherry casks (80% and 20%). Bottled in 2014 as a travel retail release at 42.6% in a 350ml bottle. http://www.dramtime.nl/Kininvie-17-years-old-Batch-1
    • Nose
      Pleasant aromas of fresh fruit, sweet vanilla, nuts and some spiciness later give way to a floral accent.
    • Taste
      Soft and creamy, with notes of fruitiness, barley malt and spiciness of tobacco, cinnamon and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Wonderfully warm and refined sweet, with a touch of toasted oak.


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