Balvenie, a single malt Scotch Whisky owned by the world renown drinks company William Grant is somewhat an interesting malt whisky, while sales volume is no way near as close to its flagship single malt Glenfiddich, Balvenie is loved by whisky lovers and connoisseurs around the world, its playful and innovate ageing technique creates some very unique and bold flavours in its offering.
I was lucky enough to be invited by Balvenie to attend its 24x24 tasting event at the Maple Room, inside the prestigious The Connaught Hotel. We were given a large collection of Balvenie whiskys, from the core ranges, single barrels to some extremely rare bottling with some limited to less than a few hundreds bottles in the world.
Out of the core range I found the 14 year old Caribbean Cask really stood out, aged in American oak casks and finished in Caribbean rum casks. The nose of the lovely tropical fruity and toffee really shone through and taste wise the vanilla and hint of spices softly developed on the palate, a well crafted malt whisky.
Another one I really enjoyed was the 30 year old, aged in sherry casks and bottled at almost cask strength at 47.3% abv. This is a whisky with massive personality and body, the soft and mellow fruity profile stood out on the nose and it tasted like a Christmas pudding, the honey and rich woody flavours married nicely with sultana and dark chocolate, with a luxurious long lasting finish that just refused to go away. The 30 year old was a really special malt whisky indeed.
All in all it was a really special evening, I managed to learn so much about all the different ways of ageing whisky, from using different types of woods to double, even triple woods finished to create some truly dedicated flavours. Now I understand why Balvenie Whisky is such a hit with whisky lovers as it delivers some expectational tastes, each offering had a unique character and tasting profile so there is something for everyone.
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