Kinclaith 1969 40 Year Old
70cl / 47.3% abv
Kinclaith 1969 40 Year Old Description
Even back in 1969, finding a premium Kinclaith single malt was like finding a needle in a haystack. Nowadays, it is about as rare as rare can be. Distilled on the 28th of May 1969, this expression delicately matured in a hogshead cask (cask no. 301445) for just over 40 years, being bottled by independent bottlers Signatory on the 16th of October 2009. This exceptional single malt arrives at a cask strength 47.3% abv, and has a natural, cask-imparted colour. Only 217 bottles were made.
This Lowland whisky is a phenomenal taste of history. Kinclaith Distillery was housed within the Strathclyde Grain Whisky complex from 1957 to 1975. Glasgow was, at one point, one of the hubs for whisky production in Scotland. Yet by 1957, Strathclyde were the only single malt whisky producers in the region. This malt is an exceptional testament to their forward-thinking ways. The whisky Kinclaith made was slightly smoky and full-bodied, markedly different to their predecessors.
Though it may not have been appreciated by others in its lifetime, that doesn’t mean that we can’t appreciate it now! Arriving in an elegant ruby presentation case, this reminds us of Robert Burns’ saying, “To see her was to love her”. This dram has the same effect.
Nose: blackcurrant chews, vanilla pods, orchard apples, sweet grapes.
Palate: sweet liquorice, oaky spice, blackberry tart, earthy wood and forest floor, sweet vanilla, damp wood.
Finish: digestive biscuits, dark fruit jam, liquorice.