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The Balvenie 14 Year Old Peated Triple Cask Review

14th June 2017
Review of The Balvenie 14 year old Peated expression exclusive to travel retail.

The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask 14 Year OldHere is one for the Balvenie fans amongst you to look out for on your travels this summer, the distillery has released The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask 14 Year Old.

We have seen some Balvenie whisky matured in peated casks in the past but this is an actual peated whisky which has been produced from 100% peated barley, the specification of the barley being 30 PPM Phenols. I am sure that this peat level will get more than a few of you dusting off your passport as the new whisky joins the Balvenie's travel retail exclusive Triple Cask core range.

The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask is the result of trials undertaken by The Balvenie’s Malt Master David Stewart MBE and Ian Millar, former distillery manager and current Prestige Whiskies Specialist at William Grant & Sons.

At a time when very few Speyside distilleries were using peat in production, The Balvenie distilled a batch of heavily peated malt, which was laid down to mature at the distillery in Dufftown, Scotland under the watchful eye of the industry’s longest-serving Malt Master. Since this pioneering moment, the distillery has dedicated one week each year, named Peat Week, to using only peated barley in its production, in order to craft a different style of The Balvenie liquid with enhanced smoky notes, a style of the Balvenie which the distillery hasn't produced for over 50 years.

The Balvenie tell me that the result of the initial experiment is a classic honeyed whisky enriched with a delicate, sweet and lingering peat smoke that unlocks flavours unexpected from a Speyside distillery and showcases The Balvenie’s truly innovative and forward-thinking nature.

The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask, a non-chill filtered expression is bottled at 48.3% ABV and presented in a 70cl bottle, it was was aged in the three most traditional cask types used in Scotch whisky production – first-fill bourbon, refill bourbon and sherry, which the Balvenie says has resulted in a whisky with exceptional smoky sweet notes with cinnamon and ginger spiciness.

The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask 14 Year Old will be a permanent addition to the distillery's travel retail range, it will be available from this month with a RRP of £65. You will also find the current Balvenie core range available from specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt

The Balvenie 14 Year Old Peated Triple Cask Review

Review added 25th August 2017.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Mild h
oneyed vanilla balances well with the sweet malt and just a delicate touch of earthy smoke in the background.

Honey and vanilla coated in a delicious gentle earthy peat smoke leads, followed by a little zesty pear, a lovely raisiny sweetness, pepper and ginger spice.

Finish: A lovely mix of dried fruit and peppery spice which slowly fades leaving the lingering delicate earthy peat smoke.

Comment: A lovely bit of gentle mouth coating earthy peat smoke, more than the nose had let on was to come. The combination of the f
irst-fill bourbon, refill bourbon and sherry casks to mature the whisky has worked very well with the peated Balvenie spirit.

This is no peat monster, I was told
the specification of the malted barley was 30 PPM Phenols and I would guess that the PPM for the final distilled and bottled whisky is around 10 - 13 PPM. The peat level combined with the quality of spirit produced at the Balvenie distillery and the choice of casks to mature it for 14 years has resulted in a very good and most importantly very enjoyable dram. The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask 14 Year Old is exclusive to travel retail and is definitely one to look out for on your travels.

SMW Score 93/100


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