The Balvenie

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The Balvenie is a unique range of single malts created by David Stewart, The Balvenie Malt Master. Each has its own unique taste, is rich, luxuriously smooth and underpinned by the distinctively honeyed character of The Balvenie. The exceptional quality of The Balvenie is attributable to the unique craftsmanship retained by The Balvenie Distillery. Nowhere else will you find a distillery that still grows its own barley, malts in its own traditional floor maltings, employs a team of coopers to tend its casks, a coppersmith to maintain its stills and has in its service the most experienced Malt Master in Scotland.

The Balvenie DoubleWood is a 12-year-old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two woods. Over its period of maturation, it is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill European oak sherry cask. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt.

To create The Balvenie PortWood Aged 21 Years, a marriage of rare Balvenie is transferred to port casks, or pipes, which have held fine port wines. Here it is sampled regularly by The Balvenie Malt Master to ensure that just the right amount of character is imparted by the port casks, enhancing and developing the single malt whilst preserving its original characteristics.

TASTING NOTES

NOSE: Sweet fruit and Oloroso sherry notes layered with honey and vanilla.
TASTE: A smooth, mellow single malt of beautifully combined flavors – nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness and a delicately proportioned layer of sherry.
FINISH: Long and warming.

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

2009: Silver Medal, International Wine and Spirits Competition
2009: Silver Medal, International Review of Spirits
2009: Silver Medal, International Spirits Challenge “…arguably the very finest whisky, if not in Speyside, then perhaps in the entire Highlands. This is Balvenie…nothing short of glorious.” – Jim Murray

PRODUCT FEATURES

• The Balvenie DoubleWood is aged up to 12 years in traditional oak casks and then finished up to six months in sherry oak casks
• Twelve years in American Oak softens and adds character, imparting vanilla notes and honey
• The sherry cask finish brings depth and fullness of flavor, with rich fruit and nutty sweetness