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46 Year Old Whisky

A 46-year-old whisky represents a true commitment to the art of distillation. With such a significant period of maturation, every year has played a part in shaping its complex and well-rounded profile.

Known variably as whisky or whiskey, depending on the region, this alcoholic beverage has a storied history and is distilled from fermented grain mash. Over time, it has developed from its simple origins to become a globally admired spirit. The term whisky itself originates from the Gaelic "uisce beatha," translating to "water of life," and this highlights its deep-rooted historical significance.

The production of whisky begins with the careful selection of grains, such as barley, corn, rye, or wheat, each contributing unique qualities to the final spirit. These grains are malted by soaking in water, allowed to germinate, and then dried in a kiln, a process which converts starches to fermentable sugars and halts germination. The resulting malt is ground into a grist, combined with hot water to form a mash, and yeast is added to begin the fermentation process, converting sugars into alcohol.

The resulting wash is distilled, usually twice in copper pot stills, enhancing the alcohol content and refining the flavour. This new-make spirit is then aged in oak barrels, a crucial phase where the 46-year-old whisky develops its complexity, character, and colour. The type of wood, the barrels’ previous contents, and the length of the maturation period are all critical in defining the final flavour profile of the whisky.

Whisky production is prominent in various regions around the world, including Scotland, Ireland, the United States, and Canada, each with their unique traditions, styles, and regulations. Scotch whisky is famous for its deep, smoky flavours and has to be produced in Scotland and aged for at least three years. On the other hand, Bourbon, an American variant of whisky, must have a mash bill with a minimum of 51% corn and be aged in new charred oak barrels, giving it a sweeter, richer taste. Tasting a 46-year-old whisky offers a journey through a range of flavours, from sweet and fruity to smoky and oaky, allowing enthusiasts to delve into the complex history and subtle nuances that have made whisky a revered spirit for centuries.

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Balvenie 46 Year Old 1968 (cask 7293) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One product image
Balvenie 46 Year Old 1968 (cask 7293) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One
70 cl / 45.9% ABV
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