Built by the Grant family in Dufftown, and situated next door to sister distillery Glenfiddich, Balvenie is at the heart of Grant's range of blends. Despite their proximity and shared water source, the style of spirit produced by the pair are quite different, with Balvenie producing a sweeter, more honeyed and very lightly peated new make spirit.
It wasn't until 1990, when Kininvie distillery was able to shoulder some of the responsibility for blending stock production, that Balvenie was really able to push forward as a single malt. The distillery quickly distinguished itself through use of innovative maturation processes, and was a pioneer of cask "finishing" with the introduction of it's DoubleWood expression in 1993. Balvenie is also one of the few remaining distilleries still using on site maltings, although today this only meets a small percentage of its requirements.
The Tun series was conceived by Malt Master David Stewart, who was so inspired by the magical atmosphere inside Warehouse 24, that he wanted to capture the essence of it in a bottle. This was achieved by marrying selected casks from the warehouse in a large wooden vat (or "Tun"), for a period of three months, and each batch has its own unique characteristics depending on the cask selection used.
Batch #5 is a vatting of five American Hogsheads and four Sherry Butts, the oldest of which is a 1966 vintage distillation. The youngest whisky in this batch is 21 years old.
50.1% ABV / 70cl
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