Monday, November 02, 2015


William Grant & Sons has announced the release of Kininvie Special Release #1 ‘The First Drops’, made using three casks that were laid down to mature when the distillery first opened 25 years ago.

Kininvie Special Release #1 ‘The First Drops’ (61.4% ABV) is a single cask, cask strength bottling that has been matured in hogshead bourbon barrels.

Kininvie Special Release #1 'The First Drops'

When the Kininvie Distillery first opened, stillman Kenny McWilliam was one of only three men working the stills. It was back on the 25th June 1990 at 8.45am when the very first liquid was taken off the still by the stillmen and then laid to mature on the 4th July. Now a quarter of a century later, William Grant & Sons has released Kininvie Special Release #1 ‘The First Drops’, made from some of the first barrels to be laid down at the distillery.

The three casks used in this latest and limited bottling, were hand selected by William Grant & Sons, Malt Master Brian Kinsman, and will be released in one of three markets; UK, Taiwan and mainland Europe.

Commenting on the launch, Brian Kinsman said: “The whisky produced at the Kininvie distillery is of exceptionally good quality. After twenty-five years, we’re delighted that the liquid is now ready and we can release the very first drops of Kininvie, straight from the casks where they have been maturing since the distillery’s first days.”

Kininvie Special Release #1 ‘The First Drops’, will be available in the UK, Europe and Taiwan, later this month for a RRP of £400.

Posted by Steve Rush