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A 21-year-old single malt from the Balvenie Stories range, inspired by the legend of Margaret Douglas, widow of the Eighth Earl of Douglas, who lived at Balvenie Castle and paid rent to King James II every year in the form of a single red rose. Finished in Australian Shiraz casks, Second Red Rose offers aromas of ripe fruits, earthy tobacco, fresh mango and oak spice on the nose, complemented by notes of blackberry, peach, cracked black pepper and oak throughout the palate.
Margret Douglas – known as the Fair Maid of Galloway – resided for many years in Balvenie castle, just north of Dufftown. Following the death of her husband William Douglas, the castle’s owner King James II permitted her to remain there in exchange for an annual payment of one perfect crimson rose. The passing centuries saw the walls of Balvenie castle fall, but in the 1890s their stones found new purpose in the building of a distillery on the estate.
To this day, the workers at Balvenie report seeing a green lady who walks the floor maltings at night – causing some to suggest that the fair maid never left her highland home. Just as the distillery keeps the name of the old Balvenie castle alive, so too did malt master David C Stewart seek to preserve the memory of Margret Douglas and that famous red rose.
The first Balvenie Rose was a small release, finished for a short time in Port pipes and sold to visitors at the distillery. It remains a prized bottle among whisky fans, many of whom speculated about the possibility of a future release of this elegant and brightly hued single malt. More than a decade later, David C Stewart set to work bringing the red rose back to Balvenie.
This very special whisky is finished in Australian Shiraz casks, which have lent it a deep red colour along with intense flavours of summer berries and earthy spice. This is a dram that really tells a story.
Tasting notes from the producer
Intense ripe fruits combined with robust earthy tones, reveal the mouth-watering fragrance from fresh mango and subtle oak.
An initial burst of blackberry and ripe peach sweetness, conceal flavours of vibrant oak and cracked black pepper leaving a gentle woody spice.
These unique single malts explore the people, the places and the craftsmanship behind the Balvenie. Each one offers a different take on the distillery’s signature style and each one has a tale to tell.
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A delicious dram from nose to finish and another great achievement by Balvenie. The sweet aroma develops into ripe fruits and spices on the palate and finishes off with complex and lingering oils and flavors long after a sip. The Australian Shiraz cask finish gives this scotch a unique and beautiful color and aroma.
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