I’m in a quandary… To open or not to open?
You see… on one of my many trips through Singapore in 2014, I splurged and picked up the Kininvie 17 year, batch 1.
Kininvie is based in the Coeval hills of Dufftown – built on the Balvenie distillery grounds and best known as a component in the rather yummy Monkey Shoulder. While Grant & Sons are well known, having this particular distillery come ‘out’ as Kininvie is relatively recent with just the 17 and 23 year on offer.
What do I know so far? Well…
- 1st batch bottled for travel retail market
- Matured for 17 years in 80% American Oak, 20% Sherry Cask
- Strength 42.6%
The official tasting notes suggest:
Nose – Rich and full aroma with fresh fruit notes and a deep vanilla sweetness. Uniquely fragrant with a characteristic floral note that is accentuated through the addition of a little water
Taste – Beautifully sweet, buttery vanilla and slightly spicy
Finish – Long and lingering with a notable sweetness
However those are not the observations of either our monthly whisky tasting club or I…
So… why not just crack open the bottle now and check it out?
Well… you see… This particular bottle is designed to be ‘rare’ and if the initial reviews are any indication, may be worth hanging on to for a bit.
Or perhaps it is just hype.
I have never looked at whisky as an investment or something to ‘save’ for a later day. Instead whisky to me is a sociable affair – something to be savoured, shared and enjoyed with others passionate about such pleasures.
So… what should I do? Open now or save?
What others are saying about the Kininvie 17 year:
PS I finally did try it thanks to a sample from Whiskyrific! You can read my tasting notes here.
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