Balvenie 14 ans Week of Peat 70cl 48.3°
Once a year, the stills of the distillery must be cleaned. A week before this great cleanup, The Balvenie craftsmen take the opportunity to distill peat barley in order to produce a whisky of a different style from the basic Balvenie whisky. That week is called Peat Week.
This Single Malt is exceptional because it is one of the first Balvenie whiskies to be made from 100% peat barley. It has aged exclusively in American oak barrels for 14 years which gives it roundness and softness with a perfect balance between smoky notes of peat and those of vanilla and honey.
According to David Stewart, Cellar Master Balvenie for over 50 years: "The Balvenie Week of Peat is the result of our ongoing efforts to innovate and test aromas that are not typically associated with The Balvenie. "
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.