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The Balvenie Stories Range


23rd May 2019
The Balvenie launch the Balvenie Stories range, three single malt whiskies each of which is said to bring its own interesting story to whisky drinkers.

The Balvenie has announced the launch of the The Balvenie Stories range, a collection of three single malt whiskies each of which is said to bring its own interesting story to whisky drinkers.

The three new whiskies are - The Balvenie The Sweet Toast of American Oak, aged 12 years, The Balvenie The Week of Peat, aged 14 years and The Balvenie A Day of Dark Barley, aged 26 years.

The Balvenie The Sweet Toast of American Oak is a 12 year old whisky and a permanent addition to the Balvenie core range, bottled at 43% ABV and with a RRP of £45 it is said to be the story of the spectacular things that can happen when ancient technique meets fresh ideas, as newly appointed Apprentice Malt Master Kelsey McKechnie experimented with twice-toasted white American oak from Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky to produce an even fruitier, sweeter tasting Balvenie.

The Balvenie The Week of Peat, aged 14 years is a permanent addition to the existing Balvenie core range of whiskies, bottled at 48.3% ABV and with a RRP of £65 it is said to be an evolution of The Balvenie Peat Week Aged 14 Years, which launched globally in 2017. From what I can make out it is the same whisky as the original Peat Week we are familiar with it has just simply had a name tweak and packaging change to fit in with the new Balvenie Stories theme. The story behind The Week of Peat expression is that it tells the tale of Malt Master David Stewart MBE and former distillery manager Ian Millar using a week’s gap in the distillery’s production schedule to experiment with the use of peat in the barley drying process. The result is a classic Balvenie expression with honey, vanilla and citrus notes with an extra layer of delicate smokiness.

The Balvenie A Day of Dark Barley, aged 26 years will have limited availability given its age, bottled at 47.8% ABV and with a RRP of £600 it is said to be the story of Malt Master David Stewart MBE and The Balvenie’s malt men experimenting with a heavily roasted dark barley in 1992. The resulting liquid was originally released back in 2006 as the outstandingly complex, barley sweet, Balvenie Roasted Malt 14 Year Old, however casks were retained for extra maturation, eventually becoming a classic aged Balvenie, but with extra depth and oak notes gleaned from the darker malt.

Commenting on the release of The Balvenie Stories, The Balvenie Malt Master David Stewart MBE says: "Stories are the lifeblood of The Balvenie distillery. They make up the fabric of who we are and what we do. The Balvenie Stories collection tells these tales in liquid form, giving whisky drinkers across the globe a special glimpse into the unique and very human nature of how we produce our whisky. Each expression in the collection reflects this by telling its own story via first-hand accounts and recollections of the many people involved."

Following the liquid launch, in autumn 2019 The Balvenie will launch a book titled Pursuit – The Balvenie Stories Collection. Edited by award-winning author and journalist Alex Preston and published by internationally renowned independent publisher Canongate, this collection will contain a series of fiction and non-fiction short stories, by renowned writers from around the world. Authors include internationally best-selling writer Lawrence Osbourne, award-winning British author Max Porter and many more.

The Balvenie Stories range will be available in China, Taiwan, Korea, SE Asia, Australia, USA, Canada, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Nordics and of course here in the UK where it will be available to purchase from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

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