Kinclaith Lowland Whisky Distillery
Whisky from here is about as rare as single malt scotch whisky gets. Rather than a distillery on its own this was more of an addition to a Grain complex in Glasgow called Strathclyde. Not a traditional whisky distillery but the last whisky distillery ever to be built in Scotland’s largest city Glasgow. It was built by American owners Schenley around 1958 and later dismantled in 1977 after it was decided they would again concentrate on neutral spirit production. Another reason, single malt from Kinclaith is so rare is that most of what was produced went into Schenley’s blended whisky Long John which is popular in the USA. There was never an official bottling of single malt scotch whisky from Kinclaith and even the independent bottlers have struggled to get their hands on any whisky barrels originating from Kinclaith. According to Malt Maniacs Monitor only less than a dozen expressions of Kinclaith are in circulation, 3 of which are from Signatory, Gordon & MacPhail and Duncan Taylor.
A blended whisky can contain from 30 to 40 malts so the recipe of Long John blended whisky must have changed at some point to accommodate the loss of Kinclaith. Strathclyde distillery itself was sold to Allied and later to Pernod Ricard who also acquired Tormore the key ingredient on Long John blended whisky.
These bottles are very rare and as such command a high price at auction. Due to the rarity this could be a good investment for the future. Kinclaith single malt whisky is highly valued for its rarity rather than its quality; critics have not been favourable when an expensive bottle gets opened.
Taste: Very young on the nose with fruit, apple juice, pineapples and oranges but on the palate moves onto a wood & fruit powerful attack. I retreated and added water at this point which brought out a little smoke and peppery finish on the next sip.