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The Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old 25th Anniversary Edition


14th September 2018
Limited Edition Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old launched to mark 25 years since the first release of the now classic Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old.

The Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old 25th Anniversary Edition

The Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old 25th Anniversary Edition is a new limited release to mark 25 years since The Balvenie distillery first released the DoubleWood 12 year old, back in 1993.

Just like the original 12 year old this new Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old limited edition is the creation of The Balvenie Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE. The worldwide popularity of the DoubleWood over the past 25 years has been a matter of significant personal pride for David and he wanted to mark this significant milestone with the release a 25 year old variant of DoubleWood.

Like its younger sibling, The Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old was matured in two distinct casks firstly traditional whisky casks, before being finished in Spanish oak ex-Oloroso sherry casks.

What the Balvenie 12, 25 and indeed the 17 year old DoubleWood have in common is that they are all initially maturated in traditional whisky casks which are American oak ex-bourbon barrels and hogsheads which have previously held maturing American whisky, these whisky casks impart a nutty sweetness and cinnamon spiciness on the Balvenie spirit. The initial maturation is then followed by a second and final maturation, a final finish in sherry oak which adds fruity complexity and the classic honeyed character.

Where the DoubleWood 25 Year Old, 25th Anniversary edition differs from the 12 year old that we are familiar with is that it was finished in sherry casks for just three months, compared to the nine months the 12 year old spends finishing in sherry casks. David explains that he decided on a shorter finishing time because after 25 years maturing in traditional whisky casks, the more mature whisky had already taken on a greater level of spice and complexity.

Commenting on the release, David Stewart says: "When we launched the first DoubleWood in 1993, I would have never thought we would eventually be bottling a 25 year old variant as we are today. Its testament to the success and admiration of DoubleWood, that we are releasing this more mature expression.
The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old with 25th Anniversary Edition packaging.
"The final liquid has a lovely combination of sweetness and spice, with candied orange, some honey syrup on the nose, followed by a velvety mouth-coating taste, with layers of brown sugar and sweet dried fruits. The extra time spent in American oak, and finally sherry casks has imparted a finish full of oak and sherried sweetness."

The 25 year olds release is just part of a year of celebration for the Dufftown distillery, marking the 25th anniversary of DoubleWood, look out for special limited-edition redesign of The Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood bottlings which will be presented in special 25th Anniversary packaging, although it is still the now classic whisky DoubleWood whisky in the bottle.

The Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old 25th Anniversary Edition has bottled at a slightly higher strength of 43% ABV than the DoubleWood 12 year old that we find here in the UK where it is bottled at 40% ABV, it is a limited release of approximately 3,600 bottles worldwide and has a RRP of 400

Look out for the Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old and 12 Year Old 25th Anniversary Editions which will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old 25th Anniversary Review


Bottled at 43% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Malt and oak combine with a sherried sweetness. Gentle hints of cloves and cinnamon, candied orange, some honey syrup and spicy oak

Taste: Rich, velvety and mouth-coating, there is some tangy orange peel, layers of brown sugar and runny honey. Dried fruits appear against the backbone of oak spices of cinnamon, cloves and ginger.

Finish: Lingering and sumptuous with sweetness, sherry and spice.
 

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