Kininvie 5 Years Old 2013 Single Malt

Kininvie 5 Years Old 2013 Single Malt KVSM001 (47%, OB, Triple distilled, ex-bourbon casks, 2019)

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 47%
  • Age: 5 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB
  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £35
  • Origin: Kininvie Distillery
  • Vintage: 2013

Kininvie KVSM001

What they say

KVSM001 – For this expression, Kininvie experimented with the distillery parameters to allow a third distillation process, comparable to Irish distillation and a contrast to the normal set-up at Kininvie. Run for one week at the distillery, KVSM001 is the result of this experiment – a five-year-old Single Malt whisky that has been aged in ex-Bourbon casks with an ABV of 47%. The observation of this trial was that shifting from a double to a triple distillation resulted in a floral and fruity character with hints of pear drops.

What I say

The first expression from the Kininvie Works experimental whisky series is a 5 year old triple distilled single malt whisky. Distilled in 2013 and matured in ex-bourbon casks. The series of triple distillation runs at Kininvie was enabled by adding piping allowing the standard paired sets of stills to be rearranged into a sequence of one wash and two spirit stills. This series of experiments was prompted by the establishment of the Tullamore DEW distillery in Ireland, where triple distillation in copper pot stills is a requirement for Irish pot still whiskey. The work at Kininvie allowed Wm Grants to assess the impact of triple-distillation and to optimise this setup so Tullamore could hit the ground running.

This post was sponsored by Kininvie Works by provision of this product.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Buttery gold (3/20), fast, medium-large tears and medium legs.
  • Nose: Sweet and estery, green apples, cooking apple skin and wood polish, some green banana, light caramel, toffee, salted butter popcorn.
  • Taste: Very light bodied and almost a little thin, green apple with a slightly sour lime note, plastic lemon juice, on my initial taste this seemed quite spiced – unusually so, with plenty of powdered cinnamon, after breathing this subsides but still has a faint tickle of chilli flakes and a woody/herbal flavour too reminds me of heather, burnt heather brush and perhaps a little thin heather honey.
  • Finish: Short, spiced and drying with a saccharine sweetness


Initially I found this far too light and thin and didn’t favour the off citrus notes and spice. On revisit, and having breathed a little, this had smoothed a little around the edges, more sweetness and less acridity was apparent. I can’t see myself drinking a lot of this neat / with water as single malt should in my mind be able to be consumed.

Score 68/100

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