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Balvenie

Balvenie lies in the Convals in Dufftown. The distillery was built by William Grant just below Glenfiddich in 1892, sharing its water source, the Robbie Dhu springs, with its illustrious neighbour. Despite also having the same distiller, Balvenie is hugely different in character. It is one of the few Scotch distilleries to boast in-house floor maltings, utlilising locally hand-cut peat. The floor maltings at Balvenie also supply neighbouring Glenfiddich.

Over the last few years, Balvenie has become the ninth bestselling single malt and demand is growing. Since being first built, Balvenie has been continually under the ownership of William Grant & Sons, proprietors also of the two neighbouring Speyside distilleries Glenfiddich and Kininvie. An award-winning distillery, two bottlings from the core range, ‘PortWood 21 Year-Old’ and ‘DoubleWood’ took gold medals at the 1998 International Spirits Challenge and at the 1997 International Wine and Spirit Competition respectively.

Balvenie Whisky Distillery

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About Balvenie Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01340 822210

Distillery Founded

1892

Distillery Capacity

6 200 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Duffton, Banffshire

Distillery Owner

William Grant & Sons

Distillery Website

www.thebalvenie.com

1892

William Grant rebuilds Balvenie New House to Balvenie Distillery (Glen Gordon was the name originally intended). Part of the equipment is brought in from Lagavulin and Glen Albyn.

1893

The first distillation is made in May.

1955

The distillery is modernized.

1957

The two stills are increased by another two.

1965

Two new stills are installed.

1971

Another two stills are installed and eight stills are now running.

1973

The first official bottling.

1982

Founder’s Reserve, in an eye-catching Cognac-reminiscent bottle, is launched.

1990

A new distillery, Kininvie, is opened on the premises.

1996

Two vintage bottlings and a port wood finish are launched.

2001

The Balvenie Islay Cask, with 17 years in bourbon casks and six months in Islay casks, is released.

2002

Balvenie releases 83 bottles of a 50 year old that has been in sherry casks since January 1952. Recommended price £6 000 a bottle.

2004

The Balvenie Thirty is released to commemorate Malt Master David Stewart’s 30th anniversary at Balvenie.

2005

The Balvenie Rum Wood Finish 14 years old is released.

2006

The Balvenie New Wood 17 years old, Roasted Malt 14 years old and Portwood 1993 are released.

2007

Vintage Cask 1974 and Sherry Oak 17 years old are released.

2008

Signature, Vintage 1976, Balvenie Rose and Rum Cask 17 year old are released.

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Balvenie 1967
(70cl, 49.70%)
A very rare bottling from Balvenie; this bottling is part of an outturn of just 120 bottles. Distilled in 1967 and bottled in 1999 at natural cask strength.  More info
This bottling was finished in virgin oak. A one off release from the Balvenie, replaced with the 'New Oak'. This received a Gold at the 2006 International Spirits Challenge.  More info
$210.52
Part of Balvenie's group of six limited edition cask finished 17 year olds. This was initially matured in traditional oak casks before a finish in Madeira fortified wine casks.  More info
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$111.16
This is no ordinary Balvenie Single Barrel, oh no. This is a very old edition, distilled on the 14th August 1980, matured in cask number 9940 and bottled on the 21st September 1995. Rather rare...  More info
A very rare edition of Balvenie Founders Reserve. Packaged in a Cognac style bottle. The more recent edition of this has already become discontinued, this was even before that, that's how rare this...  More info
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A rare cask strength Balvenie distilled on the 11th March 1978 and bottled on the 12th February 2009, part of a release of just 176 bottles from cask number 2705.  More info
This cracking peated cask Balvenie was released in 2010. It was aged traditionally to begin with, before a finish in casks that previously held peated whisky. The result is well balanced and not...  More info
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