Kininvie Distillery

Region: Speyside, Scotland.

Founded: 1990

Status: Active

Owner: William Grant & Sons

Water source: Conval Hills

Stills: 3x Wash 6x Spirit

Capacity: 4.8 million litres per annum

The Kininvie distillery is a distillery in Dufftown, Moray which produces single malt Scotch whisky. The distillery is owned by William Grant & Sons and the product from the distillery is used in their blended malt and blended whisky brands.


The Kininvie Distillery, one of the youngest distilleries in Scotland, began production on 4 July 1990. The distillery was built on the grounds of the Balvenie distillery, and consisted only of a still house. Whilst featuring computer controlled distillation, it lacks its own mash house. Mash houses are responsible for producing the liquid needed for fermentation in the washbacks, so the liquid used by the Kininvie Distillery in their washbacks was piped from the Balvenie distillery some 200 metres away. The distillery operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet demand. Almost all of its whisky was used in the blended whiskies of William Grant & Sons.

The distillery has, to date, released only two single malt whiskies, the first a limited edition bottling called Hazelwood 105, which was bottled aged 15 years., the second being the Hazelwood Reserve released for the 107th birthday of Janet Sheed Roberts as a 17-year-old. The output from the Kininvie Distillery is normally used in William Grant & Sons blended whiskies, primarily the Clan MacGregor blended whisky, a typical blended whisky featuring a high percentage of grain whisky mixed with the single malt from the Kininvie Distillery.

William Grant & Sons, in 2005, introduced a premium blended malt whisky called Monkey Shoulder, which is created from a mixture of single malt from Kininvie, together with single malts from the Balvenie and Glenfiddich distilleries, both of which are owned by William Grant & Sons.

Kininvie whisky reviews:

  • Kininvie 17yo 1996 batch 1 Kininvie 17 Years Old 1996/2014 (42.6%, OB, Batch 1) - Review: Kininvie 17 Years Old 1996 Batch 1 Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Kininvie Distillery Bottling: William Grant & Sons ABV: 42.6% Cost: £75 for 35cl from World of Whiskies […]