Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
23 years old
Hogsheads & Sherry Butts
42.6 % Vol.
350 ml
Added on
15 Feb 2016 5:25 pm by passievoorwhisky

Average value

€ 148.66

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Whisky Reviews for Kininvie 23-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.80 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    A decent whisky, but hardly worth what you have to pay.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet, floral, some comparison to a good Glenfiddich, although very unique nose.
      A bit heavy on the vanilla.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Again quite sweet, with a twist of lemon.
      Some spices in the background.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Sweet with barley notes, a bit past medium in lenght.

  2. Coldorak scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    This whisky needs time to open, both in the glass and in the bottle. The first time I tried it, it was the first or second dram poured from the bottle and it was extremely quiet both on nose and palate. This review is made from a sample taken while the (small) bottle is reaching the end (probably one or two drams left at most), and I find it to be better now than the first time. Nonetheless, everything, palate and nose, remain very reserved, as if William Grant & Sons wanted Kininvie to experiment while keeping a low profile. But unfortunately, the price asked for half a usual bottle of whisky makes me think it was more on trying an attempt at passing for a luxury whisky and relieve Asian travellers of their fat wallet. I hope the three ‘experiments’ they released last year were more convincing, but honestly, this 23-year-old isn’t. The whisky by itself was worth a couple more points, but the price is a joke, so I've docked two points.
    • Nose
      75 75
      At first you’re greeted with quite reserved notes of solvent and citrus, but after a few moments the nose evolves to gentle floral and grassy notes. Vanilla is quite present, and some insistence will allow you to detect tropical fruits notes of mango and papaya. Nonetheless, the nose feels a bit quiet, and a few more percent of alcohol would probably have given it more oomph.
    • Taste
      70 70
      The arrival is soft and quite thin, probably again because of the low abv. The citrus from the nose is also present on the palate, reinforced with the biting of ginger slivers from a cheap sushi plate. Oak from the casks provides spices as well with clove and nutmeg and some kind of bitterness. Finally, the palate becomes sweeter with vanilla and caramel.
    • Finish
      72 72
      Notes of chocolate appear on the finish with oak spices and citrus once again, providing a good warmth for a medium length.

  3. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Kininvie's oldest official bottling.
    Very tasty, balanced and balanced.
    Nice mix of bourbon casks and sherry casks.
    Both barrel types give the Kininvie its respective character in the bottle.
    Lots of light and dark fruits, garden fruits and lighter and red berries.
    Plus a lot of vanilla, toffee, caramel, coconut.
    Plus, due to the advanced age, there is also a clear oak wood flavoring influence.
    The only negative point of criticism is the high price.

  4. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      aromatic and fresh with notes of lemons and oranges, slightly floral, hint of vanilla, tropical fruit notes ...
    • Taste
      86 86
      fruity sherry note, sweetish, also here a little orange, light spice and oak, delicious.
    • Finish
      85 85
      slightly tart and sweet with oak / wood notes, soft and slightly sweet fading.

  5. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Really worth the investment !!
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      96 96

  7. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Super whisky, should be in every whisky cabinet!
    • Nose
      Sophisticated, you immediately smell that you are dealing with a complex whisky! Ripe tropical fruits !!! Very sweet.
    • Taste
      Complex, certainly the aging in oak to taste. Delicious, truly delicious taste experience for all your taste buds !!! Delicious sweet South fruits taste, very special !!!
    • Finish
      Very long aftertaste. Very tasteful, especially due to the oak and tropical fruit flavor.

  8. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Delicious whisky !! Really worth the investment. Sophisticated aftertaste, the first impression is really "impressive". Subtle taste makes it immediately clear that it is a complex whisky. Very long aftertaste, the taste lingers long.

  9. Rino Rotten scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Producer's tasting notes
    • Nose
      A rich and vibrant aroma with ripe fleshy fruit notes overlaid with creamy vanilla-toffee sweetness. A subtle floral leafy flavour with light summer blossom notes develops over time.
    • Taste
      Beautifully soft and mellow with a luxurious silky texture. The rich vanilla oakiness resulting from 23 years of maturation gives an incredible depth of flavor and sweetness. Woody spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves are layered with zesty citrus and candies orange peel.
    • Finish
      Enduringly sweet.

  10. maltaholic did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    By Serge Kininvie 23 yo (42.6%, OB, 35cl, +/- 2017): 87 Punkte


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