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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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Aged in ex-bourbon casks before being finished in sherry casks, Double Wood is an excellent example of what the Balvenie distillery can craft, even at 12 years.  More info
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This whisky has been matured for 14 years in traditional oak casks before being transferred to Caribbean rum casks to impart some extra flavour. This process has created a well-rounded and drinkable...  More info
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Released in 2013, Balvenie's Single Barrel First Fill was matured in first-fill bourbon casks for at least 12 years before bottling. These are limited edition bottlings, with each bottle being one of...  More info
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Unveiled in 2014, the 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask is a wonderful sight from Balvenie - single malt Scotch whisky fully matured in Sherry casks. These are released in batches of no larger...  More info
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$124.16
This is the 2014 release of Balvenie's 30 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a mixture of traditional oak and Sherry casks selected by David Stewart, Balvenie's Malt Master. Previous...  More info
$749.21
The Balvenie 40 Year Old
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40 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Balvenie distillery in Speyside. A stunning balance is met between traditional whisky cask and Sherry cask malts making this superbly aged expression one...  More info
$4738.18
This is a smart-looking whisky tasting glass with Balvenie branding. Perfect for nosing and enjoying a good glass of Scotch.  More info
$7.96
A 12 year old single malt from the Balvenie distillery, this whisky was finished in Port casks and continues the range of Port finished whiskies from this distillery.  More info
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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$54.07
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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An old, rare edition of Balvenie's beautiful 12 year old DoubleWood whisky - a fabulous malt aged in both bourbon and sherry casks (thus the name!).  More info
$80.36
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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$105.30
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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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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$108.57
Like the famous 12 year old expression this Balvenie has been matured in two types of cask, the key difference this has been given an extra five years of cask ageing. A great release for 2012.  More info
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$112.27
Only 1,920 bottles of this single malt were released for the UK market. This Balvenie offering was matured for 17 years in casks which previously held Jamaican rum.  More info
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The flagship single malt from Balvenie's little group of Port Wood whiskies. This bottling was finished in thirty year old port pipes and is a veritable masterclass in poise and balance.  More info
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$184.94
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
$199.42
The Balvenie Tun 1401 is the almighty plaything of esteemed master blender David Stewart. The Balvenie Tun 1401 is a vat, which for the uninitiated is like a barrel on steroids... or imagine the...  More info
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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 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 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
This is an incredibly rare bottle of Balvenie Founder's Reserve - a legendary 10 year old packaged in a Cognac-style bottle. Bottled in the late 1980s, this rare edition even comes complete with a bar...  More info
$331.35
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After nine batches of their very popular Tun 1401 series, Balvenie decided a bigger marrying tun was needed. Tun 1509 holds four times as much liquid - ample room to marry...  More info
$353.07
The incredibly rare and super collectible Balvenie Founders Reserve, packaged in the iconic Cognac bottle.  More info
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