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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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David Stewart has done it again with this aged masterpiece, now in its fifth incarnation. This forty year old whisky comes from a vatting of three sherry butts and three American oak casks and makes...  More info
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A Gold Medal winner at the 2004 International Wine and Spirits Competition, this 30 year old Speyside single malt from Balvenie was matured in American oak and sherry casks before being bottled at...  More info
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A great 10 year old from Balvenie. Founder's Reserve is Whisky Magazine Recommended, Michael Jackson suggests this might be the most "honeyish of Speyside malts".  More info
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This is a superbly rich, malty whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It was actually almost entirely distilled at one of Speyside's most legendary distilleries, though after distillation the...  More info
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Ah, marrying tun 1401. This is where David Stewart weaves some of his finest magic, selecting only the very best casks The Balvenie has to offer to produce some of their...  More info
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This 12 year old Balvenie was released in 2008 and was launched to replace the 10 year old Founders Reserve. This bottling was aged in first fill bourbon barrels and refill casks and sherry butts.  More info
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An individual numbered 15 year old from selected single ex-bourbon casks from the Balvenie distillery, this is a single malt both fruity and honeyed with an excellent finish.  More info
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