The Balvenie Stories Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection - 4 x 700ml
The Balvenie has released a range of whiskies that tell the story of this much-loved distillery and their craftsmanship, aptly named The Balvenie Stories. This enviable gift pack contains all four to have hit the conventional retail market so far…
- 1 x A Day of Dark Barley 26 Year Old: the oldest expression in this new range speaks of the arrival at the distillery in 1992 of a batch dark roasted malted barley, like that used to make stout, and the 26-year-long experiment it provoked. Made with brittle barley and bottled as a 26 Year Old, this is The Balvenie with more oak, smoke and richness than ever before. Heavy with orange peel, spices, soft brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger; this is a forward and festive dram that’s mature and malty.
- 1 x The Edge of Burnhead Wood 19 Year Old: the latest edition speaks of what the team behind it lovingly refer to as ‘The Heather Trials’. It’s the first expression to be made entirely using ingredients grown on Balvenie’s Dufftown estate – true Speyside terroir. Early one morning back in 2000, the estate’s manager Dave Stewart (not to be confused with Malt Master David C. Stewart or David A. Stewart of the Eurythmics) took a walk to the edge of Burnhead Wood. He came back with a handful of young heather, which he took to the maltings, where they were added to the kiln. This imparts a subtle fragrance and delicate fruitiness to the barley and the final whisky. The result is classic Balvenie with a touch of dried fig, geranium, heather honey, woodlands alive with blossom, petrichor, dates, baklava, orange oil and spice.
- 1 x The Week of Peat 14 Year Old: this much-loved expression speaks of the innovative spirit of these Speyside folk. Distillery Manager Ian Millar had visited Islay, inspired by the smoky malts he tasted there, he promptly ordered some peat. Now, each year for just one week, The Balvenie Master Distiller David C. Stewart MBE turns his attention to using Highland peat to dry the distillery’s barley. It isn’t like Islay’s iodine-flavoured, maritime, medicinal malts; it’s lightly floral, with notes of manuka honey, butterscotch, vanilla, griddled orange, caramel, porridge catching and burning, roasted coffee and logs on the fireplace.
- 1 x The Sweet Toast of American Oak 12 Year Old: the youngest expression speaks of the quest to create a fruitier, sweeter version of Balvenie. Apprentice Malt Master Kelsey McKechnie had the brainwave to import Virgin Oak barrels from Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky. These were deeply toasted in The Balvenie Cooperage and the rest is history. Brimming with candied fruit, desiccated coconut, creamy fudge, heather honey, lemon peel, vanilla toffee and the sweetness of freshly hewn wood; this is a very summery take on the classic.
For each whisky in The Balvenie Stories range, the distillery has created an audiobook of conversations between Global Ambassador Gemma Paterson and the workers at the distillery about that whisky, and David Stewart and Kelsey McKechnie sharing a dram with the people who made it possible. These can be streamed from their website while you settle back into the armchair with a dram.
£38.43 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3261416
Style No.: 818363
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