The Balvenie Distillery was founded in 1892 near the ruins of Balvenie Castle. It is located right next to its more famous sister distillery Glenfiddich, which is also owned by the Grant family. Both distilleries share the same malt supply and water source, but that is where the similarities end as the Balvenie and Glenfiddich whiskies are completely different in character. Although the Glenfiddich is more popular in terms of sales, whisky lovers generally regard The Balvenie as the stronger of the two in terms of quality across the range.
Balvenie 12 Year Old Double Wood.
Nose: The sherry comes through due to the second. Full bodied.
Palate: Mellow, rich and smooth. An interesting complexity that will make you pay attention to detail as you taste this very unique malt.
Finish: Warming. Long-lasting, with the complexity still getting one's attention. The sherry is evident, with a most interesting fullness.