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- Item #: i_104273Bottle Size: 750mlAuchentoshan Virgin Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky is matured exclusively in newly charred casks crafted from North American oak. While Scotch has traditionally been matured in used sherry, port and bourbon casks, the use of new oak casks to finish whisky is another weapon in a distillery's arsenal and allows the whisky to enjoy the sweeter and more complex flavors of virgin wood. Following maturation, the whisky is bottled without the use of chill filtration or artificial coloring.
The whisky has an aroma of banana custard, creamy vanilla and caramel apples. The aroma gives way to notes of spiced fruits (particularly kiwi, oranges and apples) on the palate, and ends with a touch of spiced pears.
- Item #: i_102020Bottle Size: 750MLNose: Buttered toast, peaches poached in syrup, touch of heather root.
Palate: Fade-in-fade-out of malty and fruity flavours. Biscuity. Orange zest and nougatine.
Finish: Reasonably long, echoing maltiness and almond milk.
- Item #: i_164759Bottle Size: 750MLNose: I could be in a leather armchair before a peat fire in the Highlands. Tinge of soot - very evocative.
Palate: An astonishing freshness. Some cereal-grain sweetness. Grassy. Burnt grass. Peat.
Finish: Dry and elegant.
- Item #: i_115383Bottle Size: 750mlInspired to produce an even fruitier, sweeter Balvenie, Apprentice Malt Master Kelsey McKechnie had the bright idea to import Virgin Oak barrels from Kentucky. After deep toasting at The Balvenie Cooperage the barrels were filled with Balvenie aged in ex-bourbon barrels. The result is a delectably complex whisky with notes of candied fruit, coconut and delicate vanilla.
As Head Cooper, Ian McDonald asserts: "We're adding extra life and flavor into the wood. After it's spent 6 weeks in transit from Kentucky to Dufftown, our signature Balvenie burn refreshes the wood, bringing out all the flavor, color, vanilla."
And then the wait begins. With a smile Kelsey explains: "In whisky nothing happens overnight." The toasted casks are filled with whisky aged primarily in ex-bourbon casks, before being laid down to mature for a few more months, a process known as 'cask finishing' and pioneered by Kelsey's mentor, David C Stewart. "In the glass this is a complex whisky with incandescent notes of caramelised fruits, delicate vanilla and oak."
The classic Balvenie flavor is enhanced by even stronger, sweeter coconut and warm honey notes. It has taken on a really amazing fruity flavor and the color is really rich.
AGED 12 YEARS
Nose - Lusciously malty with some sweet fudge, followed by citrusy and oak vanilla aromas with layers of spicy oak notes of ginger and cinnamon.
Taste - Candied orange and lemon peel, vanilla toffee and butterscotch, layers of blossom honey, some melted brown sugar and oak spices at the end.
Finish - Rich and malty with gentle waves of oak vanilla and subtle spices. Once the barrels safely arrive on Scottish soil, the pre-toasted casks are given an extra deep toast in The Balvenie Cooperage to drive the heat further into the wood and bring out as much flavor as possible.
- Item #: i_115384Bottle Size: 750mlEager to experiment with The Balvenie profile using what he had learned from a recent trip to Islay, distillery manager Ian Millar ordered a batch of Speyside peat for the kiln. For one week a year, The Balvenie distills a batch of peated malt, resulting in a whisky rich in honey, vanilla and citrus notes with an extra layer of delicate smokiness.
This story begins with distillery manager Ian Millar's eagle eye spotting a week's gap in the distillery schedule. Eager to experiment with The Balvenie profile using what he had learned from a recent trip to Islay, he ordered a batch of Speyside peat for the kiln and built a peat burner on the side 'for, well, extra peatiness'.
Ian continues: "In a way, The Week of Peat was nothing new. In fact, arguably, it's the only week of the year we make whisky the way it used to be made – using smoke from a heavily peated furnace, like in the very old days when every farm burned peat from the land (and made whisky in a pot over the fire, it's worth remembering)."
"We took our inspiration from some of the Islay distilleries. No one on Speyside was doing it like this when we started. Essentially, given the maltings is a big tool for experimentation you can really work with it. So on our return we started to try a few different approaches, one change at a time, to fully understand the impact each change made – patience was required."
"We got our peat from the north-east Speyside village of New Pitsligo, close to Fraserburgh. I helped muck in with the guys in the maltings, shuffling the extra-heavy peat into the kiln with big shovels. We added a peat-burner to the side of the kiln. We tried the burner in the early days allowed us to get levels similar to Laphroaig and Ardbeg, 30 parts per million phenols. Clearly the more we tried, the greater our confidence in peating our own malted barley."
"The first time we did it there was a real buzz on site – engineers, coppersmiths and other team members came and had a look as they had never experienced the production of peated, malted barley before."
"In the mash house there was a beautiful smell of porridge, sweet honey and gentle smoke; it was good enough to bottle!"
AGED 14 YEARS
Nose - Gentle sweet peat smoke, lighter floral notes and delicate butterscotch honey.
Taste - Velvety and round to taste with the peat smoke balancing citrus flavours, oaky vanilla and blossom honey.
Finish - Gentle smoke with a lingering and creamy vanilla sweetness.
- Item #: i_102120Bottle Size: 750MLThe Balvenie 12 Year Double Wood. Aged in traditional whisky oak casks and then finished in Sherry Casks.
Nose: Sherry and orange skins. Fragrant.
Palate: Beautifully combined mellow flavours: nutty, sweet, sherry, very orangy fruitiness, heather, cinnamon spiciness.
Finish: Smoky and a little spicy with a bigger vanilla tang.
- Item #: i_102627Bottle Size: 750mlThe Balvenie is a unique range of single malts created by David Stewart, The Balvenie Malt Master. Each has its own unique taste, but each is rich, luxuriously smooth and underpinned by the distinctively honeyed character of The Balvenie.
The exceptional quality of The Balvenie is attributable to the unique craftsmanship retained by The Balvenie Distillery. Nowhere else will you find a distillery that still grows its own barley, malts in its own traditional floor maltings, employs a team of coopers to tend its casks, a coppersmith to maintain its stills and has in its service the most experienced Malt Master in Scotland.
New for 2013, this Single Barrel expression from The Balvenie has been aged for 12 years in a first fill Bourbon cask of a single distillation. While each cask is subtly different, The Balvenie Malt Master hand selects only those casks characterized by sweetness and subtle vanilla oak to be bottled as The Balvenie Single Barrel. Each bottling forms a limited edition of no more than 300 hand-numbered bottles drawn from a single cask, making each bottle unique and unrepeatable. The Balvenie Single Barrel, 12 Year Old is non chill-filtered and is bottled at the higher strength of 47.8% ABV.
- Item #: i_168873Bottle Size: 750MLThe Balvenie 17 Year Old DoubleWood Scotch which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Malt Master David Stewart at the distillery. David Stewart is a pioneer in the art of crafting single malt Scotch aged in two different types of barrels. This DoubleWood Scotch first matures in American oak barrels for soft vanilla notes and is then transferred into European sherry casks to add richness, spice, depth and fullness.
"It has been a real pleasure to create the DoubleWood 17 Year Old, and I am delighted with the way it has turned out, as I hope Balvenie enthusiasts will be," said Malt Master David Stewart. "Wherever I travel in the world, DoubleWood 12 Year Old is the expression that people are most likely to have enjoyed. It is also one of the whiskies I am most proud of when I look back over my 50 years at the distillery, which is why it has been so exciting to create this new older version."
The Balvenie 17 Year Old DoubleWood is an expertly proportioned single malt with distinctive rich vanilla oak, honeyed sweetness and layers of spices. On the nose, it is elegant and complex with oak, vanilla, honey and a hint of green apple. To taste, it is sweet with dried fruits, sherbet spice, toasted almonds and cinnamon, layered with a richness of creamy toffee notes and traces of oak and deep vanilla.
- Item #: i_101795Bottle Size: EACHThe Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak, was introduced to the Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky range in 2014. Released in batches, each bottle is one of no more than 300, drawn from a single cask, all of which are refill American oak casks. There will be slight variations between batches, but the casks selected by Malt Master David Stewart for this release are chosen for having the richly spiced, sweetly honeyed character you'd expect from 25 year old Balvenie single malt aged in American oak. This means there is an overarching consistency between batches.
- Item #: i_164916Bottle Size: 750MLDAVID STEWART MALT MASTER 94.60PF OAK CASK & OLOROSO SHERRY BUTTSA cask strength (47.3%) 30 year old Balvenie. A Gold Medal Winner at the 2004 Int'l Spirits Challenge too. Arthur and Neil have both tried this and were very impressed.Nose: Dry and ash-like: cedar, cigar ash, charred. Softens, showing honeycomb, candied peel, acacia, honey, kumquat, orange pekoe tea, powdered ginger.Palate: Soft, unctuous feel. Cream, orange peel, that cigar box note again, hint of nut. Fine grained tannin. great balance with depth and texture.Finish: Soft and gentle, fades discreetly.Comment: Fantastic length. A truly three-dimensional malt.
- Item #: i_165600Bottle Size: 750MLBENRIACH 10YR CURIOSITAS 92PF PEATED MALTCuriositas uses a heavily peated malted barley as the cereal varietal to produce a unique, fresh, peated expression.This rare peated single malt, from the Heartland of Speyside, has wonderful overtones of peat reek, combined cleverly with a background of fruity, floral, heathery notes and an appealing presence of oak wood in the finish. Traditionalists believe that peated malts achieve optimum balance of peat-bittersweet and oak infusion, after 10 years of maturation.In fact peated BenRiach is a return to the original Speyside character and flavour of malts typical of the nineteenth century. Curiositas is a distinctive and welcome addition to the Speyside scene ? this is a dram to be savoured with a dash of water.
- Item #: i_168009Bottle Size: 750MLBenromach 10 Years Old is a multi-award winning Single Malt Scotch Whisky hand-crafted at Speyside's smallest working distillery. Initially matured in a mix of Bourbon and Sherry casks, the whisky is transferred to European oak Oloroso Sherry casks for a final period of maturation. The result is a beautifully balanced dram, displaying a rich Sherry character, summer fruit flavours, malt creaminess and a light peat smoke influence.
AROMA WITHOUT WATER
Rich Sherry influence with fruit & nut chocolate and delicate spice - cinnamon. Fresh green apples, with a malty, digestive biscuit note and light peat smoke in the background.
TASTE WITHOUT WATER
Delicious forest fruits - raspberries and brambles, Sherry, malt creaminess with a stronger peat influence.
AROMA WITH WATER
Charred oak influence and malt. Slightly nutty with exotic fruits - pineapple and kiwi.
TASTE WITH WATER
Mouth coating with toasted malt. Lingering sweet Sherry and delicate peat smoke.
- Item #: i_105577Bottle Size: 750mlNamed after a breed of Highland cattle known for their resistance to the hectic weather of Scotland, the Black Bull Kyloe is just as robust and reliable as those lovely cows (and significantly less hairy). A brilliant blended whisky with a high ratio of malt to grain and bottled without chill-filtration at 50% abv.
Nose: Syrup sweetness and warmth, with fruity hints of apples and pears and a touch of oak spice.
Palate: Soft notes of plump raisins and nuts. Milk chocolate comes through.
Finish: A fairly long finish, rich with vanilla.
Overall: A very fine addition to the Black Bull stable (Get it? Stable? Cows? I'll let myself out.).