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The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3


25th October 2017

The Balvenie unveil DCS Compendium Chapter 3 "Secrets of the Stock Model".

The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3

The Balvenie has unveiled the third annual instalment in its premium DCS Compendium series of whiskies, The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3 "Secrets of the Stock Model".

Just like the first two chapters in the series the third chapter is a release of five expressions of The Balvenie which follow a theme, with this years theme being "Secrets of the Stock Model which highlights how The Balvenie’s Malt Master, David C. Stewart MBE, uses his vast experience, knowledge and skill to control an ever-changing set of variables that impact on the maturation of ageing whisky stocks.

The stand out expression in this years release is The Balvenie 1961 55 year old, which is the oldest Balvenie ever released. This rare Balvenie 55 year old holds special significance to The Balvenie Malt Master, David C. Stewart MBE, who the "DCS" series is named after, as it is being released during David's 55th year with the company.

The Balvenie 1961 55 year old was distilled on 14th June 1961 and matured exclusively in European oak Oloroso sherry hogshead and specially bottled at 41.7% ABV on 12th June 2017, just two days before it turned 56, in order to honour David’s length of service.

As well as being part of The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3, of which 50 sets are available worldwide, the Balvenie 1961 is also offered in the UK and Taiwan as individual bottlings. The bottles are presented in a beautiful cherry wood and brass frame, handmade by Scottish craftsman Sam Chinnery. Highlighting the whisky’s extreme rarity, bottlings will be limited to just 15 worldwide, at a RRP of £35,000.

The five Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3 whiskies range in age from 13 to 55 years and were taken from different cask types, each barrel imparting its own distinct flavour profile to the final expression.

The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3 whiskies are:

  • The Balvenie 19761 55 year old Cask No. 4193The Balvenie 1961 55 year old Cask No. 4193
    European oak Oloroso Sherry hogshead, filled 14th June 1961, 41.7% ABV
    RRP £35,000
     
  • The Balvenie 1973 43 year old, Cask No. 8556
    European oak Oloroso Sherry butt, filled 7th June 1973, 46.6% ABV
    RRP£15,000
     
  • The Balvenie 1981 35 year old, Cask No. 7824
    Refill American oak hogshead, filled 29th October 1981, 43.8% ABV
    RRP £3,500
     
  • The Balvenie 1993 23 year old, Cask No. 11621
    Refill American oak hogshead, filled 6th December 1993, 51.9% ABV
    RRP £900
     
  • The Balvenie 2004: 13 year old, Cask No. 741
    European oak Oloroso Sherry butt, filled 19th January 2004, 58.2% ABV
    RRP £600

A further two chapters will be released, one annually until 2019, each featuring five individual casks that correspond with a certain theme within the accompanying book.

The subsequent themes will be as follows:

  • The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Four: Expecting the Unexpected
     
  • The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Five: Malt Master’s indulgence

The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3 Secrets of the Stock Model will be available as a set for a RRP of £57,000 as well as individually from specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange & Master of Malt
 

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