Blind Tasting Competition Day 3: Kininvie 2008, 7yo, 52% – Duncan Taylor The Octave

Right on the back of sample two, I tried the third one. At the moment of typing this wee bit I don’t have a clue how I’ve done yet, so the next paragraph was inserted later.

At least I got some points yesterday. Far more than I get on average so this one is probably going to bring me down a bit again.

The nose is quite heavy and rather funky too. Earthy with smoke, oak and some minerals. Also boats and ropes like in a harbor. Maybe iodine. A certain cloying fruitiness, dried plums.

The palate is not overly sharp, lower than yesterday’s whisky, I’d guess. It’s rich and salty. That harbor flavor is present here too. Boats, ropes, salt. The dried plums too. It gets a bit sharper after a while and develops a certain flavor of minerals and basalt/slate.

The finish shows more peat and some heather. Stone, minerals and it’s heavy. Not overly long though.

A nice dram that doesn’t really give me much to go by. Somehow I don’t think it’s an Islay whisky. At the time of writing my mind goes to Jura (a good one) or Longrow. It’s based on the heaviness and the peat. I do think Longrow would be too heavy on the peat normally, so depending on what yesterday’s outcome is, I might have to change my guess.

Strangely, surprisingly, this is a Kininvie from an independent bottler. Not that it would have made any difference, but I didn’t even know there was independent Kininvie available. A great pick from Ewald and a very obscure one.

In the introduction letter he announced he’d be skirting the rules at some point and I guess that means this whisky since, technically the name Kininvie is not on the label anywhere.

An interesting dram but not that makes me want to run to the store and get a bottle. Zero points for me, also because my age guess was quite off, and I was exactly two points out on ABV.

Auchindoun 2008, 7 years old, 52%, bottled by Duncan Taylor. Available in Germany for some € 59


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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