Balvenie distillery

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Coordinates: 57°27′33.1″N 3°7′42.9″W / 57.459194°N 3.128583°W / 57.459194; -3.128583

Balvenie Distillery
Balvenie Distillery
Region: Speyside
Location Dufftown
Owner William Grant & Sons
Founded 1892
Status Operational
Water source Robbie Dubh
Number of stills 5 Wash Stills
6 Spirit Stills[1]
Capacity 5,600,000 litres
The Balvenie
Age(s) 10-year-old
various vintages
Cask type(s) Bourbon, Sherry, Port, Rum, Madeira

The Balvenie distillery is a Speyside single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, owned by William Grant & Sons.

William Grant[edit]

William Grant was born on 19 December 1839 in his father's house in Dufftown.[citation needed] At seven he began herding cattle at a farm on the upper reaches of the River Deveron.[citation needed] He was apprenticed to a shoemaker then worked as a clerk, and then became a bookkeeper at Mortlach distillery 1866. There he was appointed as a clerk and then manager and learned the distilling trade.

After about twenty years, Grant left his job at the Mortlach distillery and bought a field near Balvenie Castle. He then drew up plans for his distillery, and the foundation stone was laid in the autumn of 1886.

Grant remained active in the company until his death in 1923 at the age of 83.

Balvenie distillery[edit]

In early 1892 work began to convert an 18th-century mansion (Balvenie New House) into a distillery.[2] The building took fifteen months to complete, and on 1 May 1893, the first distillation took place at the Balvenie Distillery.

In 2007, The Balvenie's Global Brand Ambassador, David Mair presented an online documentary series about the making of malt whisky, shot in and around the Balvenie Distillery.[3]


Balvenie produces whisky in a traditional style. The use of locally grown barley is preferred, and is floor malted.[2] Of the 100 or so distilleries in Scotland, Balvenie is only one of six distilleries with its own malting floor.[4]

Core range[edit]

  • Founder's Reserve 10 Year Old (discontinued)
  • DoubleWood 12 Year Old[5]
  • DoubleWood 17 Years Old [6]
  • Signature 12 Year Old (5 batches to date) [7]
  • Cuban Cask 14 Year Old (France) [8]
  • Caribbean Cask 14 Year Old (USA) [9]
  • Single Barrel 12 Year Old [10]
  • Single Barrel 15 Year Old
  • PortWood 21 Year Old [11]
  • Single Barrel 25 Year Old [12]
  • The Balvenie Thirty [13]
  • The Balvenie Forty [14]
  • The Balvenie Fifty [4]
  • The Balvenie 50 Year Old Single Cask [15][16]

Triple cask range[edit]

In May 2013 The Balvenie commenced selling their triple cask range. These whiskies have been matured in three distinct cask types: Oloroso sherry butts, first fill bourbon barrels, and traditional whisky casks. These can be characterised by subtle spice and honeycomb flavours. In this range are:

  • Triple Cask 12 Year Old [[17]
  • Triple Cask 16 Year Old [[18]
  • Triple Cask 25 Year Old

This range is currently only available to international travellers through the duty-free section of airports.

Limited editions[edit]

  • Golden Cask 14 Year Old (Travel Retail exclusive)
  • Islay Cask 17 Year Old (released 2001)
  • NewWood 17 Year Old (released 2005)
  • NewOak 17 Year Old (released 2006)
  • SherryWood 17 Year Old (released 2007)
  • RumCask 17 Year Old (released 2008)
  • Madeira Cask 17 Year Old (released 2009)
  • Peated Cask 17 Year Old (released 2010)
  • Craftsman's Reserve No 1 - The Cooper 15 year old (released 2012) limited to 515 bottles
  • PortWood 1989
  • PortWood 1991
  • PortWood 1993
  • Tun 1401 (Batches 1 - 9)
  • Tun 1458
  • Tun 1509[19]

Vintage casks[edit]


Some Balvenie offerings have received awards at spirits ratings competitions. At the San Francisco World Spirits Competitions from 2006–2012, its 15-year single barrel received: gold, silver, gold, silver, and double gold medals.[20] Its Portwood Cask Finish 21 year won double gold in 2012—the last year it was rated in that competition.[21] At the 2006 International Spirits Challenge, Balvenie's collective offerings yielded the biggest gold medal haul for any brand in any one year since the competition began.

Other notable awards:

2013 World Whiskies Awards

  • The Balvenie 30 Year Old - Best Speyside Single Malt[22]

2009 International Spirits Challenge

  • The Balvenie PortWood 21 Year Old - Gold

2009 International Wine & Spirit Competition

  • The Balvenie PortWood 21 Year Old - Best in Class

2008 International Spirits Challenge

  • The Balvenie Signature Aged 12 Years - Gold

2008 International Wine & Spirit Competition

  • The Balvenie PortWood 21 Year Old - Gold
  • The Balvenie Vintage 1974 - Gold
  • The Balvenie Vintage 1974 - Best in Class

2008 Scotch Whisky Masters

  • The Balvenie PortWood 21 Year Old - Gold

2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • The Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Year Old - Gold
  • The Balvenie SherryOak 17 Year Old - Gold

2008 World Whiskies Awards

  • The Balvenie SherryOak 17 Year Old - Speyside category winner

See also[edit]


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