New whisky for tasting in Wrocław

Kinclaith 40 years old (D.1969, B.2009) Signatory Vintage /47,3% – Kinclaith single malt definitely falls into ‘rarest of the rare’ category. The distillery was built in 1957 within parameters of Strathclyde grain distillery by Long John International, then subsidiary of Seager Evans. It was the last malt distillery built within Glasgow city limits in the 20th Century. In 1975 Whitebread & Co. took over the entire distilling complex and soon replaced pot stills with column stills to supply vodka and gin market. The information on Kinclaith is rather slender; we know it was equipped with a single pair of stills and produced full bodied Lowland malt. Most of the output went into Long John brand. The 2009 Signatory bottling, part of Cask Strength Collection, contains whisky distilled on May 28, 1969 and aged in a single hogshead (no. 301445). Bottled on October 16, 2009 at natural strength of 47,3% abv with an outrun of 217 bottles.
Nose: big, fruity and malty, grapes, black currants, ripe apples, oranges, touch of kiwi, heavy notes of vanilla, caramel, traces of tobacco and oak.
Palate: deep, earthy, forest floor, mixed berries marmalade, burnt toast, vanilla custard, caramel, traces of licorice, touch of cardamom and nicely integrated oaky bitterness.
Finish: long, dried fruits, licorice, caramel and oak.