Limited and Collectable Release Embodies the Delights of Whisky Drawn from an Individual Cask of a Single Distillation
NEW YORK, MAY 2014 – The Balvenie, the most handcrafted single malt Scotch whisky, is once again celebrating the unique nature of single cask whisky, and the mysterious interaction between oak and spirit, with the release of its 15 year old Single Barrel Sherry Cask.
The Balvenie’s 15 year old Single Barrel Sherry Cask has been matured exclusively in a single European oak sherry butt for at least 15 years. The 15-year maturation in a cask that has previously held Oloroso sherry creates a single malt characterized by dried fruit richness, nuttiness and spice. No more than 650 hand-numbered bottles are drawn from each sherry butt and each bottle carries the number of the cask in which it was matured.
Twenty years ago, The Balvenie released Single Barrel as a part of its range. That groundbreaking release in 1993 introduced single cask whisky – whisky bottled from an individual cask of a single distillation – to a wider audience of malt whisky drinkers and to date The Balvenie remains the only distillery that has an ongoing single cask release of a single age as a part of its range.
The 15 year old Single Barrel Sherry Cask is the second release in The Balvenie’s new Single Barrel range – following on from the 12 year old Single Barrel First Fill, which was released in early 2013. A third Single Barrel release, drawn from a refill American oak barrel and aged 25 years, will complete the range in the fall of 2014.
These three different cask types – first fill and refill American oak and European oak sherry – are the DNA of The Balvenie range, as they are the casks most widely used for maturation. However, only a select few of these casks are chosen by Malt Master David Stewart for bottling individually.
Commenting on the release of 15 year old Single Barrel Sherry Cask, David Stewart said: “It’s 20 years since we took the bold step to release Single Barrel as part of our range. Back then single cask whisky was pretty rare and largely reserved for the release of very old whiskies, but we opened it up to more whisky enthusiasts with the release of a single cask bottling that was much younger than usual.
“Two decades on, I’m very proud to be sharing our passion for the unique qualities of whisky drawn from a single cask of a single distillation. Due to the variances of a natural product such as wood, no two oak casks, even of the same type and filled with spirit from the same distillation, will produce an identical single malt. The fact that each cask is unique in this way and that the contents of each cask will taste different is a lesser-known facet of the whisky-making process but it’s a magical one.”
The Balvenie 15 year old Single Barrel Sherry Cask is a non-chill filtered release with an ABV of 47.8%. It has an RSP of $99.99 and will be available is select markets nationwide May 2014.
About The Balvenie
The Balvenie is a unique range of single malts created by David Stewart, The Balvenie Malt Master, who celebrated his 50th year at the distillery in 2012. Each has a very individual taste, but each is rich, luxuriously smooth and underpinned by the distinctively honeyed character of The Balvenie. 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. 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.
The Balvenie core range includes The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old ($49.99), The Balvenie 14 Year old Caribbean Cask ($65.99), The Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old ($149.99). The Balvenie PortWood 21 Year Old ($199.99) in addition to a variety of limited release expressions. For further information visit www.thebalvenie.com.
About William Grant & Sons
William Grant & Sons, Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distills 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® along with iconic premium spirits brands Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Rum, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and Milagro® Tequila.
William Grant & Sons has been honored as “Distiller of the Year” by the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition and International Spirits Challenge ten times over the past 15 years, and most recently by Whisky Advocate in 2013.
Founded in 1964, William Grant & Sons USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of William Grant & Sons, Ltd. and features one of the fastest growing spirits portfolios in the USA with brands including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Milagro Tequila, Grant’s, Hudson Whiskey, Gibson’s Finest, Monkey Shoulder, Clan MacGregor, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Montelobos Mezcal, Lillet, Art In The Age, The Knot, and Raynal French Brandy. For more information on the company and its brands, please visit www.grantusa.com.