Balvenie DoubleWood Single Malt Scotch Whisky 17 year old
The Balvenie is a traditional Scottish distillery located in Dufftown on Speyside. The company still grows their own barley and keeps faith with a traditional malting floor, the last of its kind in the Scottish Highlands. Their resident coppersmith maintains the stills and a team of coopers ensures each barrel is in perfect condition. The Balvenie's Malt Master David Stewart presides over every aspect of the maturation process. He crafts a range of single malts where each expression is unique, but all are rich, luxuriously smooth and underpinned by a distinctive honeyed character. Understanding his craft like few others, David uses different cask types and ages of spirit, to develop exquisite, new interpretations of The Balvenie's classic character.
To craft DoubleWood 17 Year Old, Malt Master David Stewart, who celebrated his 50th year at The Balvenie in 2012, returned to one of his most celebrated achievements – consecutive maturation in two different types of cask, a process often referred to as ‘cask finishing.’ This technique is at the heart of The Balvenie DoubleWood – it sees the whisky matured first in American oak barrels, which impart soft sweet vanilla notes, before being transferred to European oak sherry casks, where the second cask aging adds rich spicy flavors, depth and fullness of flavor. An elder sibling to the popular DoubleWood 12 Year Old, this new aged version shares the same DNA and the honeyed, spicy characteristics as the 12 Year Old, but it is distinctly different, with deeper vanilla notes, hints of green apple, creamy toffee and a striking richness and complexity. The nose is elegant and complex with oak, vanilla, honeyed sweetness and a hint of green apple. The palate is sweet with dried fruits, sherbet spice, toasted almonds and cinnamon, layered with a richness of creamy toffee notes, traces of oak and deep vanilla. More vanilla, oak, honey and a spicy sweetness linger on the rich, round fins
|Category||Single Malt Scotch|
|Region||United Kingdom, Scotland, Speyside|
Wine EnthusiastRedolent of honey and fresh apple, this double wood (American oak and Sherry cask) whisky is rich and slightly viscous on the palate, showing a deep crème brûlée note laced with zesty lemon peel and ginger.
Bottle ShopA limited edition bottling to celebrate Malt Master David Stewart’s 50th year as a distiller.. This at first reminded us a bit of a Cognac, very fine, very aromatic, very floral and fruity yet dry. Dried tree fruits and maple syrup encompass the palate with a long, super luscious finish. Toasty and delicious.