Part of the Balvenie Story Series, a series created to bring the story of the distillery to life.
This bottling, The Sweet Toast of American Oak, is inspired by apprentice malt master Kelsey McKechnie’s decision to import virgin American oak barrels from Kentucky, and to give them a deeper than usual toast.
In the accompanying story, Balvenie connect the toasting and cooperage process with the generations of coopers and distillers who have worked at Balvenie, such as Ian McDonald, who has been at the distillery for over 50 years. Balvenie also use this bottling to trace the history of the barrels themselves, following them from Dufftown back to Kentucky, and exploring the long connection that Balvenie has with Bourbon distilleries.
The spirit itself has initially been aged in former Bourbon casks, before being finished in these heavily toasted virgin casks. The result is an intensely oaky and vanilla rich dram, with strong notes of maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, burnt wood, candied orange, toffee and nutmeg.
A very impressive dram that beautifully showcases the relationship between Balvenie’s sweet spirit and the cask.