JG Kinsey, Special Reserve, Blended Scotch, 40%


This one gives a lot!

I picked up this bargain basement blend working my way through all the whiskeys available in my local Dunnes Stores.

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JG Kinsey founded 1892 c/othewhiskeynut

JG Kinsey also comes with gin & vodka options & I had it down as a store brand.


Jacob G Kinsey was an american gentleman who founded the Linfield Distillery in 1892. Pennsylvania was – and still is – associated with rye whiskey. A successful business flourished, floundered, merged & was subsumed into the giant International Beverage Holdings Group.

Kinsey’s name lives on with this current offering – plus numerous blogs & posts about the now abandoned plant at Linfield.

Linfield Distillery c/opre-pro.com

Interestingly New Liberty Distillery in Philadelphia – who have a connection with Connacht Whiskey in Ballina – also name check Kinsey with a range of Bourbon, Rye & American Whiskey.

With all this proud heritage – would the liquid inside the bottle deliver?

Well the nose had that sweetly honeyed, richly caramelised aroma – with a touch of depth.

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Some pedigree c/othewhiskeynut

As the label states – it was definitely smooth – but the body displayed a lovely wholesomeness which flourished on the finish into a gorgeously drying spiciness.

The source of this depth no doubt comes from the more meaty style of malts produced at the Balmenach, Balblair & Speyburn distilleries of the InterBev Group.

They give the blend a more robust kind of ‘Highland’ appeal – which suits my palate.

A bargain basement beauty!


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7 thoughts on “JG Kinsey, Special Reserve, Blended Scotch, 40%”

  1. That’s a cool idea to go through all the whiskeys on the shop shelf. We’d need to do some bottle kills before doing that though!
    I’m very rarely a fan of Scottish blends but this one sounds like it could be nice. I probably need to explore them beyond the famous brands.

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  2. Myself and the son taking the dram of Kinsey as I write, bang on with the nose you are. This is an ‘easy drinker’ that doesn’t fall under the ‘too light’ category. I’m also delighted to see my hometown distillery Balmenach get a shout. I knew that they were behind Hankey & Bannister, Black Bottle and Whyte & MacKay. A worker from the Distillery told me there was another blend sold outside of Scoltland but he couldn’t recall the name. I take it that this is the lad. Nice surprise! Delighted with this. And for €17. Happy lad.

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