Kininvie 17-year-old Batch 1

Bought: World Duty Free, 31st March 2015

83.06/100 – Whiskybase (average from 36 member votes)

I first spotted this Kininvie 17yo in Aberdeen airport in July 2014. I decided not to buy it because I felt that £75 for a half bottle was excessive. Two days later I saw the same bottle sell for £170 on an internet auction. I know it’s a ‘limited edition’ but it’s also exclusive to Travel Retail shops, which are located only in certain airports. If you never visit one of those airports, your chance of buying a bottle is very restricted. I suppose two non-fliers spotted this Kininvie in the auction and battled their way up to £170. To them it was worth it because they couldn’t get it any other way.

9 months later I find myself in Aberdeen airport again, and bottles of the Kininvie 17yo are still there. So much for being a ‘limited’ release! I believe there’s meant to be about 10,000 bottles but you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s closer to a million. Gatwick airport had lots of bottles too. Perhaps they shouldn’t have so many close to each other on the shelves because they’re clearly breeding! But I’ve been noticing with ‘limited’ releases of whisky that even a mere 700 bottles can take months to sell out. 10,000 could take several years.

So far this Kininvie 17yo is doing well on Whiskybase. Comments include “not a bad Kininvie at all” and “delicate and noble” but also negatives of “lacks complexity and depth” and “flat and dull in flavour”. When you think how many brilliant whiskies you can buy for £75 or less, it makes you realise this Kininvie is either a) for the novelty of trying a new distillery experience or b) selling on for a profit. Reviews aren’t enticing me to taste it, so it looks like I’m going for option B.

Here’s Horst Luening of with his review on You Tube (December 2014):

Kininvie 17yo Batch 1 35cl

3 responses to “Kininvie 17-year-old Batch 1

  1. Let me know if you ever change your mind and sample it! 😉

  2. I will! 🙂 Currently I’m justifying my whisky purchases as ‘investments’ so I don’t feel so bad about the cost. I’m hoping that in 30 years time, when I’m old, fat and rich, I wont care how much my collection is worth. That’s when I’ll start my video channel where I sit and drink bottles that would sell for $300,000,000. Whisky investors will watch me and cry. 🙂

  3. Hi, Bought it for a friend who loves whiskey. We drank it all in 2 days. it was much better than the Blue Label he normally has. I was really impressed and will buy some more when next at airport (Manchester)

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