Archive BALVENIE 40 year old

BALVENIE 40 year old

Single Malt, Scotland / Speyside 70cl Ref: 17063

To create this venerable Balvenie’s batch no. 4, David Stewart skilfully married small quantities of The Balvenie aged in four second-fill casks and three sherry casks, the youngest of which was at least 40 years old. These seven blended casks have led to a remarkably balanced bottling, made sublime by its sherry influence.

Profile: refined. Spice (clove, cardamom) and fruit (apple, Mirabelle plum). The mid-palate is slightly saline. Refined, distinguished nose.

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Médaille d'Or Outstanding, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013

Tasting note

  • Appearance : orangey copper with glints of green.
  • Nose : fine, distinguished. On a base of woody notes, the initial nose is characterised by generous notes of roast apples. Tertiary, it develops into leather and incense. Once allowed to breath, it becomes vanilla-scented and spicy (ginger, cinnamon). It then develops into heather honey, lavender, dried fruit (date, fig) and mocha.
  • Palate : fine, complex. The attack on the palate is spicy (clove, cardamom) and fruity (apple, Mirabelle plum). The mid-palate is slightly saline, giving its fruity character the impetus it needs to become more exotic (mango, passion fruit). It lingers with chocolate, prunes and noble wood.
  • Overall : long, enveloping. The palate is coated in the sherry’s silky tannins. At the same time, the spices gain in power. Gentian root adds a hint of earthiness. The retro-nasal olfaction is indulgent (candied fruit, spice bread). The empty glass is malty and spicy.
The brand

The brand

Only a handful of Scottish distilleries can claim to have been owned by the same family since their inception. Balvenie continues to malt part of their own barley, which is grown in a neighbouring field, before drying it in their impressive kiln, where a couple of blocks of peat adds to the authenticity of this single malt. Next, the yeast, the shape of the stills and the watchful eye of the stillman all help contribute to the aromas of this magnificent Speyside whisky. Finally, it is aged in casks built in the neighbouring coopery. Find out more

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