A terrific award winning single malt from The Balvenie. On the nose, rich, sweet and creamy toffee on the nose combines with fresh fruit notes. On the palate, rounded with vanilla and sweet oak notes, with a fruity character that develops with time. A soft and lingering finish.
Distillery: Balvenie - William Grant & Sons
Type: Single Malt Whisky
Region: Speyside, Scotland
Goes with: Neat or over ice
This Speysider was initially aged in traditional oak casks before it was finished in casks which previously held Caribbean rum, imparting some extra sweetness and warmth to the whisky. In fact, to create it, Balvenie malt master David C. Stewart made his very own blend of West Indian rums, filled it into casks, and then eventually replaced the rum in said casks with Balvenie's whisky! The fabulous result is a well-rounded whisky with notes of toffee, fruit and vanilla.
Balvenie lies in the Convals in Dufftown. The distillery was built by William Grant just below Glenfiddich in 1892, sharing its water source, the Robbie Dhu springs, with its illustrious neighbour. Despite also having the same distiller, Balvenie is hugely different in character. It is one of the few Scotch distilleries to boast in-house floor maltings, utlilising locally hand-cut peat. The floor maltings at Balvenie also supply neighbouring Glenfiddich.
Over the last few years, Balvenie has become the ninth bestselling single malt and demand is growing. Since being first built, Balvenie has been continually under the ownership of William Grant & Sons, proprietors also of the two neighbouring Speyside distilleries Glenfiddich and Kininvie. An award-winning distillery, two bottlings from the core range, ‘PortWood 21 Year-Old’ and ‘DoubleWood’ took gold medals at the 1998 International Spirits Challenge and at the 1997 International Wine and Spirit Competition respectively.
Gold - Speyside - 2019 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Scotch Single Malt
Gold - 2014 International Spirits Challenge - Distillers' Single Malts 13YO - 20YO
Silver - 2014 International Spirits Challenge - Distillers' Single Malts 13YO - 20YO
Silver Outstanding - 2014 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Scotch Single Malt - Speyside
Silver - 2013 The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business) - Speyside Single Malts 13YO-18YO
Silver Outstanding - 2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Scotch Single Malt - Speyside
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