Kininvie distillery

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Region: Speyside
LocationDufftown, Moray
OwnerWilliam Grant & Sons
Water sourceConval Hills
No. of stills3 wash stills
6 spirit stills
Monkey Shoulder
Typeblended malt
Cask type(s)Bourbon Casks
TypeSingle malt

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.[1]


The Kininvie Distillery began production on 4 July 1990.[1][2] 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.[1] Kininvie does, however, have its own dedicated mash tun and washbacks on the Balvenie premises, as well as having its own barley specifications.[3] The distillery operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet demand.[1]

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, among others.[4]

Initially, the distillery's only single malt releases were limited editions called Hazelwood after the home of Janet Sheed Roberts. Hazelwood bottlings were specifically dedicated to her. Roberts was granddaughter of William Grant, a Director of William Grant & Sons and later the oldest woman in Scotland.[3] In 2013, the company began bottling whisky under the Kininvie name. Its first was a 23-year single malt, distilled in 1990, the year the distillery went online. In late 2015, Grant announced that the Hazelwood name would be resurrected for the House of Hazelwood line of blended whiskies, wherein Kininvie would be prominently featured.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d Sutherland, Andy. "Kininvie". Edinburgh malt whisky tour. Retrieved 24 December 2007.
  2. ^ Murray, Jim (12 January 1999). "Tomorrow's malt (Balvenie)". Whisky Magazine. Retrieved 24 December 2007.
  3. ^ a b "And now…Kininvie! by Dave Broom,". Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Kininvie Distillery, Speyside,". Archived from the original on 2 January 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2007.
  5. ^ "Hazelwood Makes A Return to Travel Retail,". Retrieved 2 August 2016.

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Coordinates: 57°27′58.4″N 3°07′48.1″W / 57.466222°N 3.130028°W / 57.466222; -3.130028