Flavor is great either neat or on ice. At the 2006 International Spirits Challenge, Balvenie's collective offerings yielded the biggest gold medal haul for any brand in any one year since the competition began. I believe the latter is the case here. The distillery has won several awards for their efforts and produce some incredible malt with a subtle peated quality. Soft, red grape notes, vanilla, and milk chocolate on the nutty nose. It is my home Scotch of choice. Here it is sampled every month 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.
As for their 12 Year Old Doublewood, it is probably their most popular expression. In Hopkins, Minnesota- Ace Spirits. The distillery was built by William Grant just below Glenfiddich in 1892, sharing its water source, the Robbie Dhu springs, with its illustrious neighbour. Adding water coaxes out baked apple sweetness and dials back the oak. I will regularly keep it stocked in my bar.
Balvenie lies in the Convals in Dufftown. It is one of the few distilleries to have its own malting floor and sources its hand cut peat locally. A sweet honey develops, vanilla, a hint of cigar leaf with nutty Sherry and a faint hint of smoke or malty peat. Balvenie Single Malt Whisky William Grant founded Balvenie whisky in 1889. Reviewed by: Gavin Smith Spring 2017.
The finish is also improved, with a rummy caramel and some fading menthol. After the barley is harvested, it is malted at the distillery with spring water sourced from the rolling Speyside hills that overlook the distillery. This is the 2014 release of Balvenie's 30 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a mixture of traditional oak and Sherry casks selected by David Stewart, Balvenie's Malt Master. We stock some rare single malt scotch and hard to find blended scotch. A terrific 12 Year Old.
They are also one of the few distilleries to have an active malting floor, and they make casks in their own cooperage. Despite also having the same distiller, Balvenie is hugely different in character. If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can return your order to the warehouse for a full refund Bottles must be unopened, in the state you received them, and in the original packaging. Part of the equipment is brought in from Lagavulin and Glen Albyn. These whiskies have been matured in three distinct cask types: Oloroso butts, first-fill barrels, and traditional whisky casks. This site is for drinks lovers and givers; an online platform they can visit to read and enjoy great stories about spirits, their histories and the faces behind the labels.
Luckily it is much improved by the addition of water. My mission is to experience, share and inspire with everything great about whisky, whiskey, gin, beer and fine dining through my writing, my brand building and my whisky tastings. It was the year the first basketball game was played, and it was the year that the ever popular Grover Cleveland was elected President. Copyright © Ace Spirits All Rights Reserved. Balvenie distillery Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Its floor maltings have been retained and although this only makes up a small percentage up to 15% of the total mash, it is believed that it helps contribute character to the new make — the small amount of peat which is burned might help.
It is aged for about ten years in bourbon casks, and finished for two years in sherry casks. The malt produced here has a fantastic Speyside character that captures both the region and the heart of the distillery itself. The palate is smooth and mellow, with nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness and a delicately proportioned layer of Sherry, while the finish is long and warming. Once the barley has been malted, it is milled and mashed at the distillery before being fermented using a proprietary strain of yeast. I tried the Balvenie 17 both neat and over ice, finding I liked both, but that they presented with different flavor profiles.
It is strong but does not take over, allowing all the other flavour to play themselves out. Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old tasting notes From the very beginning of the nose the sherry casks become obvious and make themselves known. Born in December 1839, William Grant became a cattle herder at the age of 7 in order to supplement his family's income. Dating back to 1866, he worked for the Mortlach Distillery as a bookkeeper and a clerk, where he learned the process of making whisky. There is always an inherent risk in tasting single barrel releases. This is not an overwhelming flavour but ties in gently. The bourbon and Sherry casks used here do not overwhelm the spirit, but coax it along to perfection.
It takes its name from Balvenie Mains--the fields that give the whisky its grain--and Balvenie Castle, which both figure in the history of the British Isles. With Water: Several drops of water I wanted to drown it add a nice layer of vanilla to the bubble gum and fruit on the nose. Immediately he set about learning the art of distilling and in a short time he was appointed clerk and manager. As part of our 365-day return policy, all returns will need to be received and processed by our warehouse within 365 days of purchase. Matured in two different casks, American Oak and then European oak Sherry casks, this is a rich and complex Whisky. It is a great Scotch, especially for the price point, and a great Scotch for people just getting their palates acquainted with Scotch.
It removes any sulphur which may be carried over from the fermentation process prior to distillation. Light and airy, but packed with high notes of every description. These are complemented by honey and cinnamon and the flavours work wonderfully together. About The DistilleryBuilt by the Grant family in 1892 as a sister distillery to next-door Glenfiddich, The Balvenie still remains in the ownership of the family. During its period of maturation The Balvenie Doublewood is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill Spanish oak sherry cask. So how about those tasting notes? The sherry itself sets a nice undertone for the rest of the flavours in the palate. The finish is mediocre at best, without any reprise of the aromatic fruits and with the mouth still smarting from the over-aggressive burn.