The Balvenie Distillery

When the distillery was built in 1892 it was outfitted with second hand still from Lagavulin and Glen Albyn. This might seem a bit odd at first, but the use of second hand stills from other distilleries that were demolished or refurbished is actually not that uncommon. These days Balvenie has no less than eight stills (4 wash stills and 4 spirit stills); two of them were added in 1965 and one in 1971.

The Balvenie distillery in Dufftown was built in 1892 by W. & J. Grant, owners of the Glenfiddich distillery nearby. More
than a century later they are still 'sister stills', owned by the very same company that originally built them; William Grant & Sons.

The official Balvenie core range includes the standard 10 years old 'Founders Reserve', the 12 years old 'DoubleWood', the 15yo 'Single Barrel' and the 21 year old 'Port Wood'. Actually, that's just the 'core' core range - the 25year 'Single Barrel' is a fairly regular release and bottlings like the 1989 and 1991 'Port Wood' and the 17yo 'Islay Cask' were available for a longer period of time as well. Balvenie also provides a fine example of the irrelevance of the 'terroir' theories on Scotch whisky in modern times. Balvenie and Glenfiddich are neighbours and use the very same water source. Nevertheless, the malt whiskies they produce are quite different from each other.

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Balvenie Doublewood 12year Single Malt Scotch 750ml
"Sweet fruit and Oleroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla A smooth and mellow single malt of beautifully combined flavours - nutty sweetness,cinnamon spiciness and a delicately proportionedlayer of sherry with a long and warming finish" ~ Master Distiller
Item Number: 554
Bottle:$55.99
Case: $671.88
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Balvenie 12yr Single Barrel Single Malt Scotch
" Remaining totally dedicated to the traditions and craftsmanship of malt whisky, The Balvenie Distillery are able to produce exceptional expressions of their region and style as exampled by this Single Barrel 12 Year Old Single Malt. With an understanding that the greatest whiskies are borne out of
Item Number: 23769
Bottle:$76.99
Case: $461.94
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Balvenie 'Monkey Shoulder' Blended Malt 750ml
" Monkey Shoulder whiskey is the world’s first Triple Malt, a blend of 3 of Speyside’s finest single malt whiskies, matured in Bourbon casks under a Malt Master’s supervision before being release. " ~ Distillery notes
Item Number: 13517
Bottle:$34.99
Case: $209.94
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Balvenie '14yr Peated' 750ml Single Malt Scotch Triple Cask
" Honey and vanilla coated in a delicious gentle earthy peat smoke leads, followed by a little zesty pear, a lovely raisiny sweetness, pepper and ginger spice." ~ Distillery notes
Item Number: 26332
Bottle:$92.99
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Balvenie 14yr Caribbean Cask 750ml
"The rich, intense new expression is finished in casks that once held Caribbean rum. After a 14-year maturation period in traditional oak whisky casks, the Balvenie is then transferred to rum casks, which exemplify the signature smooth, honeyed character of the Balvenie while adding toffee and fruit
Item Number: 9932
Bottle:$71.99
Case: $431.94
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Balvenie Trio Pack 50ml
The Balvenie miniature single malt whisky triple box set, otherwise known as 'The Tasting collection' contains three different Balvenie whisky miniatures: The Balvenie Doublewood aged 12 years - Nutty sweetness and cinnamon spices are beautifully combined with a delicate layer of sherry. (43% abv)
Item Number: 30652
Bottle:$16.99
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Balvenie 'Tun 1509' Single Malt Scotch
" The Balvenie distillery has recently announced the launch of their newest whisky in the UK, the Tun 1509, created by Malt Master David Stewart. David is Scotch whisky's most experienced Malt Master and his new creation showcases the rare skills he has developed over a lifetime. Tun 1509 is the
Item Number: 17158
Bottle:$424.99
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Balvenie 17yr 'DoubleWood'
" NOSE: Elegant and complex with oak, vanilla, honeyed sweetness and a hint of green apple. TASTE: Sweet with dried fruits, sherbet spice, toasted almonds and cinnamon, layered with a richness of creamy toffee notes, traces of oak and deep vanilla. FINISH: Vanilla, oak, honey and a spicy sweetness.
Item Number: 13100
Bottle:$161.95
Case: $971.70
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Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel Single Malt Scotch
"Fragrant aroma of vanilla honeyed sweetness, hints of heather and dry oaky notes. Taste: Rich and complex, suggestive of years of careful ageing, it has a honeyed maltiness with vanilla oak flavours, and hints of spice. It has a long and complex finish with a touch of liquorice" ~ Master
Item Number: 1985
Bottle:$106.99
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Balvenie 21yr Portwood 750ml
"Matured in tradional oak casks, is transferred to a port cask, or pipe which has held fine port wines- wood ,smoke, and citrus flavors, the finish is dry and long lasting like smoking a good cigar" ~ Distillery notes
Item Number: 1528
Bottle:$224.99
Case: $1,349.94
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Balvenie 17yr Peated Cask Single Malt 750ml
"Some of this whisky was finished in a peated cask, some in new American oak. Both influences emerge with the smoke (jerky with a hint of kippers) and spice (cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg) on a foundation of honeyed malt. Spicy, smoky finish. Balvenie is one of those big Speyside whiskies that can stand


Balvenie 17yr Rum Cask
 "A vibrant aroma with intense floral and fruity notes. Orange peel, lavender, coconut and a hint of ground nut oil. Beautifully sweet, with characteristic Balvenie honey notes, vanilla, delicate freshfruit and subtle spices all enveloped in a gentle, silky oakiness.Exceptionally smooth and long