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Balvenie Whisky

Balvenie is very well known for its creamy, rich and honeyed characteristic. Their signature is using cask finishes, and this has created their profile of deeply honey and vanilla flavours, with dried fruit, spice and buttery toffee notes depending on the cask type. The Single Barrel range shows of the best of their carefully selected casks, allowing the ex-bourbon or ex-sherry influences to dominate.

 

Founded

1892

Owner

William Grant & Sons

Production Status

Operational

Capacity

7,000,000 Litres

 

Balvenie has a surprisingly straight forward history as, quite unusually, it has never changed ownership or been mothballed. Since being built next to the castle ruins which gave the distillery its name, Balvenie produced largely for the blending industry. It was not until 1973 that the first single malt bottling was released. It grew a significant cult following in the whisky world, but the demands of malt whisky for blending kept the distillery from working on its growth, even through two expansions to 8 stills.

 

This pressure eased with the building of Kinninvie in 1990, and again with Ailsa Bay in 2007, with the latter having stills made to match the shape of Balvenie, specifically to make whisky that could be sent for blending so that Balvenie could focus on its own range.

 

One of the rare elements of distilleries nowadays, active malting floors, can be found at Balvenie. There are few sites which still malt their own barley, due to the space and time consumptions involved, but the distillery makes a point of making around 15% of its overall malt, using barley from William Grant & Sons own farms. Some people suggest this adds an essential element to the quality and profile of the whisky.

 

Alongside the core range, Balvenie now has a number of well aged bottlings (25-50 years old) as well as a couple of limited ‘Tun’ bottlings that have been created from a vatting of some of their finest casks, clearly highlighting the expertise of David Stewart, the malt master, for carefully selecting the best casks to form these special editions.

 

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The fourth release in Balvenie's Stories series, showcases a fascinating use of heather. One of the few distilleries to still use old fashioned floor maltings, locally sourced heather was put into the...
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Balvenie's highly sought-after Tun series has revealed some of the distillery's most interesting and rare casks, all selected by Malt Master David Stewart. Batch 6 has been created from 21 casks rangi...
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Balvenie
£275.00
A Day of Dark Barley is Balvenie's third Story in their new range. It follows the story of Malt Master David Stewart who in 1992 combined dark, brittle roasted barley with traditional barley to create...
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The Week of Peat is Balvenie's second edition in their Stories range. It is a continuation of previous Peat Week releases and follows the story of Balvenie's distillery manager Ian Millar who introduc...
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The first chapter in Balvenie's new Stories range which celebrates the distillery's dedication to craft and the stories behind them.Story One showcases Apprentice Malt Master Kelsey McKechnie and her ...
New American Oak
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Balvenie is one of the best whiskies for someone who is just getting in to the fantastic world of single malt whisky. This Speyside distiller still grow, and malt much of their barley on their own est...
Sherry Finish
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Balvenie
£6.95
Balvenie in Speyside, produce lovely, easy drinking but rich Single Malt Whisky. Doublewood refers to the process for transferring whisky from ex Bourbon casks where it will have been maturin...
Sherry Finish
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Balvenie
£21.95
At Balvenie, they do the entirety of the whisky making process on site. From growing a proportion of the barley, to distillation, to having a coppersmith and cooper on site. The 21 year old is a mixtu...
Port
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Balvenie
£155.95
One of the few distilleries in Scotland that goes from barley to cask on site, with much of the barley being grown on site, malted on site, distilled and filled in casks that are coopered on site. The...
Sherry Finish
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Balvenie
£44.95
Balvenie's lovely, honeyed, malty spirit, aged for 17 years in Ex Bourbon Casks, before being aged for a further few months to a year in Ex Sherry Casks. David Stewart, the Malt Master at Balvenie, ha...
Sherry Finish
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Balvenie
£99.95
The Grant family, founders of Balvenie (and Glenfiddich), have been in the distilling business for a long time and have been pretty successful. David Stewart and Brian Kinsman, the malt masters who wo...
Rum Finish
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Balvenie
£56.95
The perfect way to sample one of our favourite single malts. A miniature pack containing a 5cl of the Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood, the 17 Year Old Doublewood and 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask.
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Balvenie
£22.95
Tun 1509 at the Balvenie distillery has once again been working its magic on some wonderful casks and we're delighted to welcome batch 5 of this release onto our shelves. As always this definitive Spe...
Balvenie
£220.00
On a single week on every year since 2002, Balvenie have produced a heavily peated malt whisky. This was mostly used for William Grant's blends but, you now have the chance to try this amazing spirit ...
Bourbon
Balvenie
£63.95
William Grant's legendary blender David Stewart has chosen 23 of the 'finest and most precious casks' from Balvenie's warehouses and married them for five months in this sacred vessel, Tun 1509, to cr...
Balvenie
£245.00
Every year Balvenie, that noted spirit of light and fruity nature, produces whisky made from 100% peated barley for just one week. David Stewart, whisky artisan has worked with Ian Millar, William Gra...
Balvenie
£58.95
Named after Malt Master David Stewart's favourite marrying vessel, the series combines a hand picked selection of casks within the eponymous Tun to create a limited edition of fantastic whisky. Batch ...
Balvenie
£535.00
The Tun series has been a success story that they looked for a bigger marrying tun and retired tun 1401. David Stewart and his team quickly raced onto this third batch which has 12 sherry butts, 11 Am...
Balvenie
£269.95
The first batch of the second Tun release from Balvenie. Named after the specific vessel used to marry the different casks of whisky, this bottle incorporates 42 of Balvenie's finest American Oak barr...
Sherry
Balvenie
£275.00
This bottling is the last of the vintage releases of Balvenie's Portwood finished whiskies, now replaced by the popular 21 year old Portwood. The casks selected for this bottling were filled in 1993, ...
Port
Balvenie
£199.95
This paticularly rare edition of Balvenie is made of Master Distiller David Stewart's hand selected combination of American oak bourbon casks and European oak sherry casks. It is a rich and deep whisk...
Balvenie
£825.00
This is the last version of what was the first standard aged stated malt from the Dufftown legend.
Balvenie
£125.00
Older Balvenie's are coveted around the world for their smooth, fruity character and their 25 year old single barrel release is no exception. A very special whisky which will be any occasion remarkabl...
Bourbon
Balvenie
£425.00
The Balvenie Tun range has become of the most coveted limited release bottlings in the world. It really is a testament to the amazing work done by David Stewart when it comes to selecting the cask for...
Balvenie
£250.00
Balvenie produce a fruity, light, honeyed whisky. For this edition, they have matured it in ex-sherry casks for 15 years. This adds a fullness, dried fruit notes and spiciness.
Sherry
Balvenie
£86.95
Balvenie is one of the few distilleries where they do pretty much everything on site, from barley malting (of which much is grown on the property), to coopering of the casks, to having their own on si...
Bourbon
Balvenie
£51.95

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