The Balvenie

Balvenie bottles - The most common collection of Balvenie scotch whisky

BALVENIE, THE.



Location :Dufftown, Keith, Banffshire, Gramp Region.
Region :Highland Speyside
Country :Scotland
Type : Single Malt.
Distillery : William Grant & Sons Ltd. / The Balvenie Distillery.
Not open to visitors.
Founded :Est./ built in 1892
Water :Robbie Dubh and Fiddich Burn. (Same as Glenfiddich.)
Remark :The Balvenie distillery has been owned and managed by an independent family company for five generations
This has ensured that the Balvenie distillery is still dedicated to the traditions, care and craftsmanship of malt whisky making.
Nowhere else will you find a distillery that still grows its own barley, that still malts in its own traditional floor maltings, that still coopers to tend the barrels, and coppersmiths to tend the stills.
The Balvenie range of single malt whiskies is unique.
Three single malt whiskies of different age and different character. Each Balvenie single malt reflects in its individuality, different aspects of the tradition, skill and care that are the hallmarks of the Balvenie Distillery.
A distillery firmly rooted in its past but forever seeking to refine the art of making malt whisky.

From the book 'The Scottish Collection' Classic Malts by Carol P. Shaw :
Founder's Reserve (10 years old) has a rich colour, bouquet and flavour with a smooth, clean, dry finish. Doublewood (12 years old) is full-bodied, yet smooth and mellow, and Single Barrel, a harder-to-obtain 15 years old, is a single cask bottling. Taste Rating 3-4
Built in 1892 near the ruins of fourteenth-century Balvenie Castle by the Grants of Glenfiddich (and next to the Glenfiddich distillery), Balvenie Distillery has now been owned by an independent family company for five generations. Balvenie Distillery still grows its own barley, malts in its own traditional floor maltings, employs coopers to tend the barrels and coppersmiths to tend the stills. The Balvenie is most unusual in producing a range of three malt whiskies of different age and caracter.

Balvenie is one of the last stills using floormalting.
Only a small part of floormalted malt are used in Balvenie - aprox 30%.

The top of a Balvenie 10 Years old founders reserve The Balvenie Logo.
Balvenie Pictures taken by AWA - Dufftown 2000 Whisky Festival.

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Balvenie FloormaltingBalvenie Floormalting and dryingBalvenie Floor maltingBalvenie Barrels waiting to be filled
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Balvenie Mash floating into the MashtunBalvenie Spirit stills - photo by www.awa.dkBalvenie Wash backsBalvenie MAshtuns
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BOTTLINGS
Balvenie
Founder's Reserve
 Balvenie 10 Years old, Whisky bottleBalvenie Founders Reserve label. A image removed ! 10bottl1
Age : 10 years old.
Vol : 43%
PriceDanish kr. 70cl. : 385,- in Skjold Burne (Tidligere Amager Vincenter)
Danish kr. 100cl. : 199,- taxfree in Whisky World - Copenhagen Airport

Balvenie
DoubleWood
 Balvenie DoubleWood. Balvenie DoubleWood label.
Age : 12 years old.
Vol : 43%
Price(in Danish kr. 70cl. : ?,-)
Danish kr. 100cl. : 229,- taxfree in Whisky World - Copenhagen Airport

Balvenie
Portwood
 Balvenie Portwood 21 years old scotch single malt whisky
Age : 21 years old.
Vol : 40%
Price? Can't remember - found in Bergen Airport Norway.

Balvenie
Single Barrel
 Balvenie Single BarrelBalvenie Single Barrel
Age : 15 years old.
Vol : 50,4%
PriceDanish kr. 70cl. : ca. 585,- i Skjold Burne (Tidligere Amager Vincenter).
Danish kr. 100cl. : 240,- taxfree in Whisky World - Copenhagen Airport

Test result:Founder's Reserve
  
Total Score :7/8
Personal taste:CPGIHTFSFRKIAverage.Remark...Bemærkning
Package/Info0808    08Pipe, with ok info and an extra folder with info. 
Bottle0807   0707,33 Buttet med klukhals.
Label0606    06Okay - But not fancy ! 
Top seal 0808    08Wood with cork.Ægte råt træ med kork.
Color0908   0808,33Fox red.Røve rød.
Smell0808    08Soft !- Sprit. Blød
Taste0807   0707,33A bit sweet, a CP whisky :)Honning sød.
Aftertaste0505   0705,66Missing something, a bit weak.Mangler et eller andet.
Price/Quality0606    06  

The Balvenie sign when entering the Distillery (Photo By AWA)

LINKS..........to official Balvenie or related web pages.
The BalvenieThe official Balvenie website.


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