The Balvenie adds new 25-year-old whisky to Single Barrel range

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The Balvenie has unveiled a 25-year-old single malt whisky matured exclusively in traditional American oak casks that have already been used to mature scotch whisky.

The Balvenie Single Barrel Traditional Oak, part of the Single Barrel range, has been created by malt master David Stewart, selecting casks of whisky that will bring subtle spices and rich honeyed sweetness.

As no two casks will ever produce an identical single malt, the whisky from each cask is unique, with no more than 300 bottles filled from any one cask. This is reflected on the bottle label which is hand numbered and carries the distillation date, bottling date and the number of the cask in which it was matured.

David said: “Over the course of my time at the distillery, I’ve sampled thousands of casks and this means I know what to expect when our spirit is matured for many years solely in traditional American oak casks.

“This allows me to pick out the casks of whisky that display the expected rich, sweet and slightly spicy character I’m looking for. But of course there will always be subtle difference between the whiskies from different casks and I know that more and more drinkers appreciate this and will enjoy the experience of drinking this single cask whisky.”

Despite the uniqueness of each cask, The Balvenie Single Barrel Traditional Oak has a consistent character that is deep and rich with overtures of oak and spice. Mouth-coating honey notes are overlaid with gentle spices and a silky vanilla oakiness. The finish is rich, honeyed and spicy.

The new Single Barrel Traditional Oak Aged 25 Years sits alongside two other Single Barrel whiskies: First Fill Aged 12 Years, which is matured in barrels previously containing bourbon, and Sherry Cask Aged 15 Years which is matured in European oak casks.

These three single malts showcase Balvenie matured in the three main types of casks used at The Balvenie Distillery and provide whisky enthusiasts with a “straight from the cask” experience.

The Balvenie Single Barrel Traditional Oak Aged 25 Years is non-chill-filtered with an ABV of 47.8%. It has a recommended price in retail of £400.

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