A new addition to the famous Speyside distillery’s range, Balvenie Peated Triple Cask shows a different side of the Balvenie’s spirit.
This bottling is the result of much trial and error undertaken by Balvenie’s esteemed malt master David Steward and Ian Millar, the previous distillery manager. The entire process began in 2001.
Every year, the distillery spends one week producing peated spirit. The resulting whisky stands in stark contrast to Balvenie’s standard unpeated, honey-rich and sweet spirit. Nevertheless, this was not always the case. Until the mid 20th century, it was not uncommon to find peated spirits produced at Speyside distilleries. In this sense, Balvenie’s Peat Week whiskies represent a blast from the past – indeed, the whisky is said to be a reproduction of some heavily peated whiskies from the 1950s, but the peat here is rather more sedate.
This 14 year old dram has been aged in three different cask varieties: refill Bourbon, first-fill Bourbon and sherry casks.
The result is a well balanced and sophisticated whisky, with notes of honey, dried fruits, figs, plums, rich vanilla, toffee, pineapple, apples, a little lemon rind and sharp citrus, hay, biscuits, delicate floral notes, all accompanied by a slight minerality and elegant, somewhat earthy peat smoke.
Balvenie Peated Triple Cask has been bottled at 48.3% ABV, and without colouration or chill filtration, making for a full bodied and intensely flavoured dram.
A surprising offering that will serve up something new to even the most experienced Balvenie fan.