William Grant & Sons will mark Kininvie’s 25th anniversary by bottling whisky from the distillery’s “first drops”.

The casks were hand-selected by William Grant & Sons sixth master blender, Brian Kinsman
The company is disgorging three casks that were filled and laid down on the distillery’s first day, and the release will be known as Kininvie Special Release #1.

The casks were hand-selected by William Grant & Sons’ sixth master blender, Brian Kinsman, and the liquid from each has been individually allocated to one of three markets – the UK, Taiwan and mainland Europe.

Kininvie Special Release #1 single malt Scotch whisky is single cask, cask strength and non-chill-filtered, and will be available from November 2015.

The Kininvie distillery was opened in 1990 by Janet Sheed Roberts, who was the last remaining granddaughter of William Grant, and is significant to the company as Kininvie is the first new Speyside single malt created by the family since The Balvenie in 1892.

Craig Cranmer, the Kininvie’s distillery manager, said: “Kininvie is something of a hidden gem, we have cherished and nurtured the casks for 25 years knowing they contained incredible whisky.

“Now the time is right to share the first drops of our history, straight from the casks where they have been maturing since the distillery’s first days.”KININVIE-Graphic-825x762

Each of the three casks of the Special Release #1 is said to have a “unique” flavour profile making the liquid “singular and exceptional”.

This time last year, William Grant & Sons made Kininvie single malt – previously only sold in Taiwan – available to the rest of the world for the first time.