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Kelsey McKechnie
*Malt Master

William Grant & Sons


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The Balvenie Distillery, established in 1892, stands as a testament to time-honored Scotch whisky craftsmanship. Notably, it preserves its floor maltings, a rarity in the industry, which contributes character to its new make spirit. While this process accounts for a small portion of the total mash (up to 15%), it plays a vital role in shaping the whisky's flavor profile. The distillery boasts nine distinctive fat, short-necked stills that produce a uniquely sweet and honeyed new make spirit, setting it apart from its sister distillery, Glenfiddich, and Kininvie.

Balvenie was a trailblazer in the whisky world, introducing the concept of "finished" single malts with its Double Wood release in 1993. This expression undergoes initial aging in ex-Bourbon casks before a short period of secondary maturation in ex-Sherry casks. The distillery's commitment to innovation and its dedication to crafting exceptional whisky have propelled it to become one of the fastest-growing single malt brands globally.

Nestled in the heart of Speyside, it was founded by William Grant, a visionary who wanted to create a distillery that would honor traditional methods. Today, The Balvenie remains a family-owned distillery under the guidance of the Grant family, including the current Malt Master, Kelsey McKechnie, who takes over the reigns from the legendary whisky icon, David Stewart.

-Written (Mostly) by Robots-

Distillery Bottling

  • 18 Year |Pedro Ximenez Cask| Finished in PX Sherry Butts *Travel Retail Exclusive* - 48.7% Harold H.

  • 19 Year |The Balvenie Stories - The Edge of Burnhead Wood| - 48.7% Harold H.

  • 19 Year |The Balvenie Stories No.9 - A Revelation Of Cask And Character| European Sherry Oak - 47.5% Harold H.

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