With only 250 bottles drawn straight from cask, The Glenlivet Kinrossie Single Cask Edition is extremely exclusive and available only in Singapore. Alan Winchester, master distiller for The Glenlivet, reveals more about this exceptional release. By Rachel
The Glenlivet Kinrossie Single Cask Edition is extremely exclusive and available only in Singapore
Tell us more about The Glenlivet Single Cask Editions range. When did it begin, and how many editions have there been thus far?
The Glenlivet Kinrossie Single Cask Edition has been crafted for connoisseurs looking for a rare and unique whisky steeped in the heritage of the Speyside region. Each cask is exclusive and unique to each market and offers a truly unique tasting experience that explores and The Glenlivet Style. Since 2005, The Glenlivet has released a number of Single Cask bottles, and the demand for the Single Cask Edition has increased year after year.
What is the story and significance behind the name “Kinrossie”?
The Glenlivet’s reputation as a superior whisky resulted in it being exported out of the Glenlivet Valley through smuggling trails by illicit distillers in the 18th and 19th century. As an homage to the journey of the single malt, we have named each single cask after a landmark along the original smuggling routes. The Glenlivet Kinrossie Single Cask Edition is named after the ancient hamlet, one of the landmarks along these smuggling routes.
What distinguishes the Kinrossie Single Cask Edition from other offerings from The Glenlivet?
The Kinrossie offers the purest expression of The Glenlivet style. It has been bottled at 60.4 per cent cask strength and without chill filtration. This gives whisky connoisseurs the closest experience possible of drinking a dram straight from the cask.
Was there anything different about the distillation process or techniques used to produce this single malt as compared to others?
We are constantly evolving our offering whilst staying true to traditional methods. The distillation used is the same process, which has made the The Glenlivet world- renowned. The process remains the same, which is what makes it so very special.
What is the difference between chill and non- chill filtration, and how does the Kinrossie Single Cask benefit from being non- chill filtered?
Human perception of flavour is complicated; some people will find whiskies less palatable if they’re hazy. A clearer liquid can be seen as a sign of quality. However, some people feel that by filtering out specific compounds, you’re taking away flavour or changing the mouthfeel. In taste tests, non- chill filtered whiskies are often judged as “fuller”, “rounder” and “richer” than their chill filtered counterparts. It is very difficult to define the true difference in flavour and what is perceived, which over the years, has led to this subject being hotly debated.
Talk us through the experience of consuming the Kinrossie Single Cask. What are some of the flavours and signatures of The Glenlivet that whisky lovers can look forward to?
When drinking the Kinrossie Single Cask, your nose will pick up the aromas of creamy vanilla and soft butterscotch toffee, with fruity pears and glazed cherries. It has a long and smooth finish and is full of sweetness from honey, juicy peaches, candied pear sweets, and delicious fruity orange chocolate. The Kinrossie Single Cask will provide whisky fans with the opportunity to experience The Glenlivet in its purest form.
Singapore is a small country. Why did The Glenlivet choose to make this edition, with less than 250 bottles, available exclusively here instead of in Europe, or a larger country?
The Hogshead that we’ve used for the Kinrossie is of exceptional quality, and something we feel the discerning Singapore market will appreciate. Hence, it is ideal to release this limited edition exclusively to Singapore.
In your opinion, what is the best way to enjoy the Kinrossie Single Cask?
I am a firm believer that people should be enjoying The Glenlivet the way they want, as long as that is responsibly. For my taste, I will be enjoying Kinrossie Single Cask with a little water.