Kininvie single malt Scotch given global launch
William Grant & Sons is making its Kininvie single malt – previously only sold in Taiwan – available to the rest of the world for the first time.
Kininvie 23 Year Old, which launched in Taiwan in 2013 to help improve William Grant’s Scotch whisky footprint in Asia, will be introduced to the UK this month, with availability in Germany, Switzerland, the US, China, South East Asia and potentially France, later in the year.
The Speyside distillery was launched by Janet Sheed Roberts, William Grant’s granddaughter, in 1990, and has been used solely to produce malt whisky for blends up until now.
Kininvie 23 Year Old is distilled in small batches, the first of which has been sold exclusively to Taiwan. Batch 2, comprised of around 7,000 350ml bottles, will be distributed among the new markets this year.
Aged in a mixture of American oak hogsheads and Sherry butts, Kininvie 23 Year Old carries an abv of 42.6% and delivers floral notes of orange blossom, honey, vanilla and orange peel.
Each bottle is printed with the bottle and batch number, and will be available at specialist retailers for an RRP of £97 for 350ml.
Meanwhile, William Grant will also be releasing a new expression of Kininvie – a 17 Year Old, exclusively into global travel retail.
Launching this month, the 42.6% abv expression, which is also aged in American oak hogsheads and Sherry butts, was first unveiled at TFWA Singapore travel retail show in May.
The expression, which carries an RRP of £75 for 350ml, is intended to remain in duty free, with no plans to roll it out to domestic markets.