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Kininvie Speyside Whisky Distillery

Kininvie Whisky Distillery Information


Built in 1990 by William Grant & Sons Ltd

Location Speyside Region Central district Dufftown.

Water source Conval Hills 


Kininvie Distilling Equipment

Stand alone  Still house, the worts for distilling are produced at the Balvenie Distillery


Kininvie Distillery History


The distillery name comes from the nearby Kininvie estate. Built in 1990 by William Grant &Sons Ltd next to their Balvenie and Glenfiddich distilleries.


Kininvie distillery consists of a still house there is no mash house. The worts for distilling are produced and fermented at the Balvenie mash house, which is 200 metres away and piped to the still house at Kininvie.

The distillery is operational 24 hours a day seven days a week, and is one of the most modern distilleries in operation.


A state of the art distillery with a computer control room that can run everything without a need to go into the still house, except when the stillman makes his cut, All the equipment is controlled by using the mouse and clicking on the different graphical displays of the stills and heaters etc.,


The spirit produced is almost entirely going for William Grant’s blends among those Clan MacGregor.


In 2005 and 2006 it contributed to the Blended Malt Whisky Monkey Shoulder. This was a triple malt a vatting from Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Kininvie single malt whisky.


Not normaly available as a single malt it has made an appearance as limited edition comemerative  bottlings:


1st  release- Hazelwood Centennial Reserve (2001) -

The Centennial Reserve was actually a blend from 100 casks in 2001

This bottling was a limited edition of 2001 bottles and was given out to selected staff members. in celebration of the one hundredth birthday of Janet Sheet Roberts


2nd release - Hazelwood Reserve 105 15 year old (2006) ) were only officialy made available to selected employees.


Kininvie Hazelwood 105, 15 Year Old



Official bottling of single malt Kininvie. First fill sherry, bottled 1st August 2006 in celebration of the 105th birthday of Janet Sheed Roberts; Granddaughter of William Grant.


The bottle is numbered and signed by the Malt Master David Stewart and was distributated amongst Willliam Grants Staff


Hazelwood Reserve 107 17 Year Old Whisky


The First Public Release


a Limited Release of only 500 bottles.

Distilled 9th August 1990 - In Cask 10th August 1990

Out of Cask date - 28th February 2008.


However the whisky is in the Blended malt whisky "Monkey Shoulder"

Kininvie Distillery

No Visitor Facilities

Current Owners William Grant & Sons Ltd