The Balvenie Distillery Single Barrel 12 Year
This bottle is one of no more than 300 drawn from a single cask. Whilst no two casks will ever produce a identical single malt, because of the careful sampling and selection by their malt master, the Balvenie Single Barrel First Fill has a consistent character that is rich and complex with a deep vanilla oakiness. Honey notes are overlaid with sweet fruits and subtle spices. The finish is lingeringly sweet.
The Balvenie Distillery remains totally dedicated to the traditions, care and craftsmanship of malt-whisky making, and has been owned and managed by the same independent family company for five generations. The cooper's adze is essential in the cooperage. It's used for trimming the staves of the casks which impart so much of the character to their malt whisky. Nowhere else will you find a distillery that still grows its own barley, that still malts in its own traditional floor maltings, that still has coopers to tend all the casks and a coppersmith to tend the stills. The Balvenie Single Barrel derives its name from the fact that it is drawn from a single cask of a single distillation.