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Kinahan's to reopen after decades of closure

Irish brand Kinahan's will produce whiskey again after almost a century of closure.

The brand has been added to Mangrove's portfolio, to launch UK distribution of its new varieties this month.

Originally founded in 1779, Kinahan’s recognition came from sourcing casks of whiskey from across Ireland to create some of the world’s richest premium whiskey varieties. Acquiring its famous 'L.L.' mark in 1807, when the lord lieutenant of Ireland instructed that a vat was to be set apart for him, Kinahan’s also went on to receive Royal Warrants from the British Monarchy. The 'L.L.' mark will feature on its new bottling.

Kinahan’s is drawing on its experience; selecting casks of matured and maturing whiskey stock, undertaking aging, cask finishing, blending and bottling, to craft premium artisan whisky expressions.

Zak Oganian, Kinahan’s managing director says: “It is with great pleasure that we are partnering with Mangrove to bring Kinahan’s whiskey back to the UK. We are immensely proud of the provenance of our company and it is on the basis of this strong foundation that we continue to create whiskeys with the rich, smooth and full character that Kinahan’s has always been known for.”

Nick Gillett, managing director of Mangrove says: "I am delighted to add Kinahan’s to the portfolio. The whiskey is amazing and with its rich history and heritage, it fits fantastically well into our portfolio. We believe that the Irish whiskey category is very exciting and offers great potential and Kinahan’s will fulfil a great role in expanding this category.”

Kinahan’s will initially be available in two varieties: a premium small batch blend and a single malt.

17 October 2016 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, editorial assistant