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The Balvenie Whisky Single Barrel First Fill 12 Years 70 cl

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The Balvenie Whiskey Single Barrel First Fill 12 Years 70 cl is a whiskey produced by the Balvenie distillery in Scotland.

Why buy it?

Balvenie whiskeys have a distinctive character, exceptional complexity and an attention to detail that characterizes every stage of the production process.

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Situated in the heart of the Speyside region and has a long history dating back to 1892. Founded by William Grant, who had already started Glenfiddich Distillery, Balvenie is one of the few still family-run distilleries in Scotland. The distillery is known for its artisanal and traditional approach to whiskey production, with a careful selection of raw materials and meticulous aging of its expressions. Balvenie is famous for its double maturation process, which involves a period of aging in traditional oak barrels followed by an additional period of aging in selected casks.

Production method

To produce a single malt whiskey, the barley is first subjected to a malting process, during which the complex sugars/starches present in the cereal are broken down into simple sugars, suitable for alcoholic fermentation by the hands of the yeasts. This procedure takes place in three phases: the maceration of the cereal in water to moisten it, the germination, during which the barley, which has been removed from the water, absorbs oxygen and begins to produce the radicle and to germinate; this procedure in particular will release the enzyme which is responsible for the transformation of starches into simple sugars. Subsequently this procedure is interrupted and the cereal is dried, which often takes place using peat-powered ovens, which will give the typical hints of smoked or brackish. Subsequently, the dried barley is ground and added again with hot water for further extraction of the must; this is what will be subsequently fermented and then distilled. The specification provides that for the wording single malt the whiskey must come from a single distillery and be aged for at least three years in oak barrels in Scotland.

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Tasting notes

Amber colour. Notes of honey, vanilla and oak on the nose. On the palate it reveals notes of ripe fruit, caramel and a touch of spice. The finish is long and satisfying, with hints of toasted almonds and a lingering sweetness.


Perfect at the end of a meal or as a meditation; particularly recommended for lovers of balanced whiskeys. Great as a gift!

Additional information

Weight 1,5 kg


The Balvenie

The Balvenie was founded in 1893 by William Grant, who renovated the building where the distillery still stands today. Located in Banffshire, Speyside, it is located in an ideal area for the production of quality whisky. In 1923 the distillery will pass under the control of John Grant, William's son, with whom the company will see a first period of expansion. Years later, in 1971, the first bottle of pure malt was marketed; in 1974 David C. Steward will become the new head and full-fledged owner of the company. Instead, it will be in 1983 that the company will begin to experiment with refinements in different types of barrels, carrying out the so-called "finishing", which will further connote the "The Balvenie" style just as we know it today.


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