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The Balvenie

Founder’s Reserve 10yr, 40% alc.
(90 per cent American Oak; 10 per cent sherry)

The Balvenie was founded in 1892 and is owned by the same family company, but the whisky has quite a different style. The distillery uses barley from the family farm, has its own floor maltings, and its stills have a distinctive bulbous shape.

Further to the Founder’s Reserve that is still produced, a Single Barrel Edition and the 12-year-old Double Wood have been introduced. The last has maturation similar to an earlier Balvenie Classic. At one stage there was also a Classic 18-year-old with no sherry finish.

Producer: William Grant & Sons
Region: Highlands
District: Speyside (Dufftown)
House style: The most honeyish of malts, with a distinctively orangey note. Luxurious. After dinner.
Colour: Bright gold.
Nose: Faintly musky orange-honey perfume.
Body: Medium.
Palate: Honeyed sweetness drying to lightly spicy notes. Just a touch of sherry.
Finish: A surge of flavours, with lingering, syrupy honey.
Score: 85
Source: Michael Jackson’s Malt Whisky Companion