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.
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.
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!