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Kininvie distillery

Kininvie is the sister whisky distillery to Balvenie and Glenfiddich and is located on the same site in Speyside near Dufftown.


In contrast to its famous sister distilleries, Kininvie has lead a rather shadowy existence. This was because the owners did not initially plan to establish Kininvie as an independent brand. Above all, the distillery was supposed to produce excellent malt whiskey for the family company’s various blends, which it did and still does in abundance. In the meantime, the malt can not only be found in the blends of Grant’s such as the Monkey Shoulder, but also as Hazelwood or as a 17, 23 and 25 year old original bottling. The bottlings are rarely found and are very popular.


Kininvie was founded in 1990 by William Grant & Sons, owners of Glenfiddich and Balvenie, among others. To be more precise, a stillhouse with stills was built, but in 1994 it was expanded to a total of nine stills. Kininvie shares the rest of the production facilities with Balvenie. The first single malt was only launched on the market as an independent bottling in 2006, Kininvie was closed from 2010 to 2012 and the first malt was bottled under its own name only in 2013.

Kininvie factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Kininvie Speyside Scotland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 1990 - Present Malt Kininvie Not Available
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
David Stewart Janet Sheed Roberts

Kininvie Timeline:

1990: Opened by Wm Grant & Sons on the site of The Balvenie Distillery to provide additional fillings for William Grant’s blends

1991: Distillery opened

Can I tour Kininvie?

No, unfortunately Kininvie distillery is not open to the public for tours