This whisky has spent 12 years in traditional whisky casks, American oak ex-bourbon barrels and hogsheads. Mellowing the maturing spirit and imparting warming layers of vanilla spiciness.
This is then moved to Spanish oak ex-Oloroso sherry casks for an additional nine months to increase complexity, bringing fruity, honeyed depths to the resulting Single Malt.
Finally the whisky is then transferred to large oak vessels called â€œtunsâ€ for 3-4 months to allow the whiskies to â€œmarryâ€ the whiskyâ€™s.
This is an excellent introduction to a matured whisky for your collection and would also make the perfect whisky gift for a loved one.
The multi-award winning Balvenie Distillery in Banffshire is famous for being the only one left in Scotland to retain the traditional crafts of whisky production.
Nowhere else will you find a distillery that still grows its own barley, still malts in its own traditional floor maltings and still employs a team of coopers to tend all the casks and a coppersmith to maintain the stills.
The use of Sherry casks provides for a sweetness along with flavours of honey, dried fruit and sultanas, whilst the bourbon characters offer subtle spice, vanilla and a hint of charcoal. This is a very finely balanced whisky and a superb example of a whisky to convert the unconverted!