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Kininvie, 25-Year-Old (Scotland)
Brand new from William Grant & Sons Ltd this month is a 25-year-old bottling of its Kininvie single malt. Kininvie distillery was established next to Balvenie distillery in Dufftown during 1990, and to date only very limited releases have taken place. This latest expression is being marketed as Special Release #1 'The First Drops,' with a single cask each allocated to mainland Europe, the UK and Taiwan. Just 550 bottles from ex-Bourbon hogshead 21 are available in the UK. The nose is attractive and mature, with floral and honey notes, ginger, and finally resin. Viscous in the mouth, with more honey, vanilla and milk chocolate, while pleasingly contrasting tannins develop in time. Fruity sweetness becomes steadily more oaky, with liquorice, in the lengthy finish. 61.4% ABV, 70cl, 400.00, specialist whisky merchants.

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