At the 2006 International Spirits Challenge, The Balvenie was awarded gold medals for its Founder’s Reserve 10 Year Old , DoubleWood 12 Year Old , Balvenie New Wood 17 Year Old , PortWood 21 Year Old , Balvenie Thirty and Balvenie Portwood 1991. This is the biggest gold medal haul for any brand in any one year since the competition began. ... Read More »
One of the classic after-dinner malts, Balvenie Doublewood's extra complexity and richness are a result of a second maturation in fresh sherry casks. Great stuff. IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Whisky - Scotch
Balvenie Signature 12yo replaced the Founders Reserve 10yo as the staple in the distillery's range. This is a marriage of Sherry, Bourbon and Refill casks and, as always with Balvenie, it's a polished, mellow whisky to relax with.
A 14 year old limited edition Balvenie which finished its maturation in casks which had previously held Caribbean Rum. Expect vanilla and toffee notes as the rum contributes extra sweetness to the flavours.
A 2013 addition to The Balvenie's range, as a younger sibling to the 15 year old single cask. This is exclusively matured in first fill bourbon casks and each bottle is part of a batch that is at most 300 bottles - all taken from the same cask.
Balvenie 15yo Single Barrel is always a complex proposition, the higher alcohol content giving the malt a bit of extra muscle, although the rich, fruity distillery character is still very evident. This thinker's dram was a winner at the World Whisky Awards 2010.
A limited edition Balvenie release, originally produced for the French market. This continues in the tradition of their Golden Cask and uses Cuban rum casks to finish the whisky for a total of 14 years of maturation.
Another fantastic invention from the workbench of Balvenie Malt Master David Stewart - a 17 year old version of the best selling DoubleWood. Still initially matured in 'Whisky Oak' casks before being switched to sherry wood to finish, the extra years give it extra depth without being overpowering.
The 2010 release of Balvenie 17yo is a bit of a curio, having been re-racked after inital normal maturation into casks that previously held...a peated Balvenie?! So this is a peated finish rather than a peated whisky. The smoke is there, but not as full-frontal as you'd get if the spirit itself was peated. A very interesting experiment, and we await the peated Balvenie that previously graced the casks with eager interest.
The first single malt Scotch whisky to be made using a batch of dark roasted malted barley, more commonly used in the production of stout, this new Balvenie is wonderfully rich and malty with a silky smooth mouth feel. Hints of toffee, marmalade, honey and oak tannin all enveloped with a spicy, vanilla sweetness.
An additional period of maturation in 30 year-old Port pipes has given this aged Balvenie an extra level of depth and concentration of flavour, adding potent fruit and smoke notes to the silky-smooth full-bodied palate. Rich, indulgent, after-dinner Speyside at it's best. IWSC - Gold Medal Winner 2011
This is the original, first release of Balvenie 21 year old. This whisky was matured in traditional oak casks before being transferred to Port pipes which previously held 30 year old Port. This is the only release of the Balvenie 21yo to carry a bottling date and is quite collectible, being the first of what is now a highly sought after expression.
A rare old bottling of Balvenie from the 1970s. It's a green triangular bottle, typical of William Grant stablemate Glenfiddich, with a leathery gold inscribed label. Quite a different beast from how it looks these days...
A bottling at 40% of Balvenie's Founders Reserve from the 1980s, packaged in a rare cognac-style bottle. Founder's Reserve was a key member of the Balvenie range, albeit in less fancy packaging, from the early 80s onwards but was retired a few years ago.
A bottling at 43% of Balvenie's Founders Reserve from the 1980s, packaged in a rare cognac-style bottle. This whisky was a key member of the Balvenie range, albeit in less fancy packaging, from the early 80s onwards but was retired a few years ago.