Two new whiskies from The Balvenie heading to South Africa

The Balvenie’s family of single malt Scotch whiskies is set to grow in South Africa with the arrival of The Balvenie DoubleWood, Aged 17 Years as well as The Balvenie Caribbean Cask, Aged 14 Years, both of which will be launching in South Africa from June 2014.

The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year Old

The Balvenie_Caribbean Cask_14yo_The Smoky DramThe Balvenie Caribbean Cask was created by The Balvenie Malt Master, David Stewart, who celebrated an incredible 50th anniversary at the distillery in 2012. This single malt has had a 14-year maturation period in traditional oak whisky casks, before being transferred to casks that previously held Caribbean rum to finish aging.

“This expression is a beautifully rounded whisky that combines traditional Balvenie vanilla notes with rich toffee, a hint of fruit and a warm, lingering finish. We are very excited for The Balvenie Caribbean Cask to be launching in South Africa for the very first time!” adds Marketing Manager Lauren Kuhlmey.

The Balvenie Caribbean Cask, Aged 14 Years, has an ABV of 43% and has an MRP of R799.

 

Tasting Notes

Nose: Rich, sweet and creamy toffee on the nose combines with fresh fruit notes
Taste: Rounded with vanilla and sweet oak notes, with a fruity character that develops with time
Finish: Soft and lingering

The Balvenie 17 Year Old DoubleWood

The Balvenie_DoubleWood_17yo_The Smoky DramThe DoubleWood 17 Year Old is an elder sibling to the DoubleWood 12 Year Old, The Balvenie’s most popular expression. This new aged version shares the same DNA and the honeyed, spicy characteristics as the 12 Year Old, but it is distinctly different, with deeper vanilla notes, hints of green apple, creamy toffee and a striking richness and complexity.

“The “cask finishing” technique is at the heart of The Balvenie DoubleWood – it sees the whisky matured first in American oak barrels, which impart soft sweet vanilla notes, before being transferred to European oak sherry casks. The second cask ageing adds a depth and fullness of flavour. We are very excited to be introducing the rich, spicy flavours of the 17 Year Old Doublewood to the South African consumers,” adds Marketing Manager Lauren Kuhlmey.

The Balvenie 17 Year Old DoubleWood, has an ABV of 43% and has an MRP of R1 399.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Elegant and complex with oak, vanilla, honeyed sweetness and a hint of green apple
Taste: Sweet with dried fruits, sherbet spice, toasted almonds and cinnamon, layered with a richness of creamy toffee notes and traces of oak and deep vanilla
Finish: Vanilla oak, honey and spicy sweetness

About The Balvenie

The Balvenie’s Malt Master David Stewart first showcased his double-cask maturation technique when he created The Balvenie Classic in the 1980s. This pioneering release is one of David’s greatest achievements and was one of the first examples of cask finishing in the Scotch single malt whisky industry. The success of The Balvenie Classic led to the release of The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old in 1993, a celebrated example of cask finishing, which is now at the heart of The Balvenie range.

The Balvenie is dedicated to the five rare crafts that are used to create The Balvenie’s distinctive taste. It is the only distillery that still grows its own barley, uses traditional floor maltings and keeps both coppersmiths and coopers on site – making The Balvenie the most handcrafted of malts. Having coopers on site at the distillery allows David Stewart to work closely with them to make new types of wood finishes.

The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is produced by William Grant & Sons Ltd, an award-winning independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1886 and today run by his direct descendants.

News source: Press release from Butter Knife PR (www.butterknife.co.za)

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In memoriam, Charles Gordon

William Grant_The Smoky DramCharles Gordon, the man who gave the world Glenfiddich Scotch whisky, has been remembered at international memorial services in New York on February 18 and his hometown of Glasgow in Scotland on February 21.

Charles, who was Life President of William Grant & Sons, died in New York on December 21, 2013, aged 86, surrounded by his family after a short illness.

Along with his brother Sandy, Charles – or Charlie has he was affectionally known – turned a small, family run company into one of the world’s leading producers of Scotch whiskies including Glenfiddich and Grant’s.

A large personality to his family, friends and to all those that he met in the course of his life, Charles’ warmth and charm as well as his unique perceptiveness and long-term vision led William Grant & Sons to the international recognition it enjoys today. He was a key driving force in building the company into a strong independent family-owned company with a unique global reputation for excellence.

His son Glenn, the present Chairman of the company, paid this tribute to his father: “We are all very proud of my father’s achievements in his very full and energetic lifetime, and give thanks for the legacy that he has left us with. He touched the lives of many, many people and will be sorely missed by all. In our family and our business, which my father always intertwined, he very much believed in a spirit of partnership. In his memory, we will continue to build this spirit, and with it our independent family business, for future generations”.

Charles’ passion and innovative nature led him to launch Glenfiddich internationally which marked the beginning of the single malt category as we know it today, he pushed the global development of William Grant & Sons’ brands, whilst spearheading the acquisition of an American import house, the first of its kind in the industry, moving control of distribution and sale into company hands.

Stella David, Chief Executive of the company said: “On behalf of all of us at William Grant & Sons, we recognise the truly exceptional contribution Charles Gordon has made to our company. Indeed few people have made a greater contribution to the scotch whisky industry over such an extended period of time. The company is fully committed to continue to build on Charles’ remarkable legacy. We pass on our sympathies to the Grant Gordon family.”

 

William Grant and Sons_The Smoky Dram

William Grant & Sons is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the global premium spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s most awarded single malt Glenfiddich, The Balvenie range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third largest blended Scotch Grant’s.

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