Balvenie Vintage 2001 70cl 63.5°
This expression Balvenie is the 5th chapter of the DCS collection. The Balvenie DCS Compendium is a whisky collection named after its creator David C Stewart, one of the oldest Malt Masters in the Balvenie Distillery. The result is a magnificent collection with a selection of 25 Balvenie barrels, divided into 5 chapters.
This chapter 5 is a Single Malt aged 17 years in Fino Sherry Butt cask in European oak with the number #9325. It reveals aromas of fruit from the orchard, cooked plums and dried apricot on the nose, followed by notes of orange and salted caramel, grapefruit and spicy apple.
The Balvenie is a small distillery nestled in the Scottish Highlands, at the heart of the land of whisky: Speyside.
The Balvenie is a real museum, as nothing changed much since its establishment in 1892. Its name derives from the Balvenie castle (13th century), located a few hundred yards away. Since 1892, it has been family-owned and family-run. This independence allows the distillery to focus exclusively on the production of traditional craft Single Malts. The name “Balvenie” is a mystery in itself. If “Bal” means house or farm in Gaelic, the meaning of “Venie” has been lost. The Balvenie is proud to be one of the last four distilleries of the Highlands to use a traditional malting area. Four maltmen turn the malt three times a day, seven days a week, to even out the germination. The nine stills are placed under the close surveillance of a skilled blacksmith. In order to keep all of the character of The Balvenie Single Malts, the stills in used today are the exact replica of the originals. Until today, the oak casks are crafted by coopers, continuing the traditions and maintaining the skills alive as an heritage of ancient craftsmanship.