Balvenie Castle lent its name to the adjacent farm, Balvenie Mains. It also lent some stones to Balvenie New House, a replacement dwelling rather easier to heat and maintain than a medieval fort. After several decades the house itself stood empty, but soon developed a new role as the heart of a brand-new distillery from which the first spirit flowed on May Day 1893.
The basement became a warehouse, the first storey a malt floor and upstairs a loft to store the barley from the fertile thousand acres of Balvenie Mains.
In the 1920s a new maltings was built right next door, using stone blocks from the now levelled New House. Little else has changed over the years.
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700 ml, 40% abv, Scotland (Speyside)The Balvenie DoubleWood is a 12 year old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two woods. Over its period of maturation it is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill European oak sherry cask. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt, the traditional casks soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour.
700 ml, 47.8% abv, Scotland (Speyside)The Balvenie Single Barrel First Fill has been aged in a first fill, ex-bourbon casks for at least 12 years. Almost all Scotch Whisky is matured in casks previously used by Bourbon distillers. When brought to Scotland and used for the very first time they are known as ‘First Fill’. A series of “limited editions” - Each bottle is one of no more than 300 drawn from a single cask and each is hand-numbered and carries the number of the cask in which it matured.
1000 ml, 40% abv, Scotland (Speyside)
The Balvenie, 12 yr old, Triple Cask is matured in three types of wood, first-fill Oloroso, first-fill bourbon and traditional (refill) bourbon casks. The whisky stays in its own type of cask for the whole 12 years and is then combined with the others in a large ‘marrying tun’ for the final six months.