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Balvenie

The Balvenie Distillery

Region: Speyside, Scotland.

Founded: 1892

Status: Active

Owner: William Grant & Sons

Water source: Robbie Dubh

Stills: 5x Wash 6x Spirit

Capacity: 5.6 million litres per annum

History:

In early 1892 work began to convert an 18th-century mansion (Balvenie New House) into a distillery. The building took fifteen months to complete, and on 1 May 1893, the first distillation took place at the Balvenie Distillery.

Balvenie whisky reviews:

  • The Balvenie 12 Years Old Doublewood ~ 40% (William Grant & Sons) - The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Years Old ~ 40% (William Grant & Sons Ltd.) 40% ABV, £30-£35 for 70cl Score: 84/100 What they say: The Balvenie DoubleWood is a 12 year old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two wood types. Over the period of maturation it is transferred from a […]
  • Balvenie 12 Signature The Balvenie 12 Years Old Signature Batch 3 ~ 40% (William Grant & Sons) - The Balvenie Signature 12 year old single malt scotch whisky The Balvenie Distillery – William Grant & Sons 40% ABV, £33.61 from Master of Malt Score 69/100 What they say: A classic marriage of The Balvenie matured in the three most traditional cask types and characterised by honey, spice and subtle oak. From the only […]
  • The Balvenie Single Barrel 12 The Balvenie 12 Years Old Single Barrel First Fill ~ 47.8% (William Grant & Sons) - The Balvenie Single Barrel First Fill 12 Years Old 47.8% ABV, £44.14 for 70cl Score: 69/100 What they say: The Balvenie Single Barrel First Fill has been aged in a first fill, ex-bourbon cask for at least 12 years. Almost all Scotch Whisky is matured in casks previously used by Bourbon distillers. When brought to […]
  • Balvenie Triple Cask 12 The Balvenie 12 Years Old Triple Cask ~ 40% (William Grant & Sons) - The Balvenie 12 Years Old Triple Cask (Travel Retail Exclusive) 40% ABV, £49.99 for 1L Score:  78/100 What they say: The three expressions in The Balvenie Triple Cask series have been matured in three kinds of wood – ‘traditional refill casks’ to mature and mellow the spirit, but not dominate its flavour; ‘first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels’, […]
  • The Balvenie CC14 The Balvenie 14 Years Old Caribbean Cask ~ 43% (William Grant & Sons) - The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Years Old 43% ABV, £44.83 for 70cl Score: 71/100 What they say: Caribbean Cask has been matured in traditional oak whisky casks for 14 years, and then ‘finished’ in casks that previously held Caribbean rum. To create the ideal finish Malt Master David Stewart, filled American oak casks with his […]
  • The Balvenie 14 Years Old Cuban Selection ~ 43% (William Grant & Sons) - The Balvenie 14 Years Old Cuban Selection (Official Bottling) 43% ABV, €30 for 70cl Score: 86/100 What they say: The Balvenie Cuban Selection; finished in Cuban rum casks, aged 14 years. Specially selected Balvenie ~ finished in casks that previously held rum distilled in Cuba. The characateristic light fresh taste of Cuban Rum enhances The […]
  • The Balvenie 15 Years Old Craftsmens Reserve 1 ~ 59.4% (William Grant & Sons) - The Balvenie Craftsmens Reserve #1  The Cooper 15 Years Old 59.4% ABV, £65 for 70cl [free 10cl sample with two tasting glasses] 315 Bottles released February 2012 to Warehouse 24 members Score: 94/100 What they say: This was the first whisky in a planned reserve range from The Balvenie celebrating the various distillery crafts. Produced from two refill […]
  • The Balvenie 15 Years Old Single Barrel ~ 47.8% (William Grant & Sons) - The Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Years Old 47.8% ABV, £67.48 for 70cl (Discontinued) Score: 83/100 What they say: The Balvenie Single Barrel is a 15 year old single malt which is drawn from a single traditional oak whisky cask of a single distillation. Whilst each cask is subtly different, The Balvenie Malt Master selects only […]
  • The Balvenie Doublewood17 The Balvenie 17 Years Old Doublewood ~ 43% (William Grant & Sons) - The Balvenie Doublewood 17 Years Old 43% ABV, £77.80 for 70cl Score: 87/100 What they say: To craft DoubleWood 17 Year Old Malt Master David Stewart, who celebrated his 50th year at The Balvenie in 2012, returned to one of his most celebrated achievements – consecutive maturation in two different types of cask, a process […]
  • The Balvenie 17 Years Old Peated Cask ~ 48.7% (William Grant & Sons) -  The Balvenie 17 Years Old Peated Cask (Official Bottling) 48.7% ABV, ~£60 for 70cl. Score 85/100 What they say: The Balvenie distillery remains totally dedicated to the traditions, care and craftsmanship of malt whisky making and has been owned and managed by the same independent family company for five generations. A traditional furnace generates warm […]
  • The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8 ~ 50.2% (William Grant & Sons) - Whisky Review: The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8 Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Balvenie Distillery ABV: 50.2% Cost: £150 What they say: To craft The Balvenie Tun 1401, Malt Master David Stewart transfers specially selected casks from across the ages to a marrying tun cared for by the distillery’s in-house team of coopers. […]
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