The Balvenie Distillery has been owned and managed by an independent family company for five generations. This has ensured that the Balvenie Distillery is still dedicated to the traditions, care and craftsmanship of malt whisky making. Nowhere else will you find a Distillery that still grows its own barley, that still malts its own traditional floor maltings, that still has coopers to tend the casks and that still has a coppersmith to tend the stills.
From this distillery comes the Balvenie Portwood. Whisky matured in two different casks of different character has a richer, deeper more complex character than that matured in a single cask. During maturation, the Balvenie PortWood is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask in which it has been matured for 21 years to an original port cask thereby acquiring character from both casks. the result is a malt with honeyed tones of distinctive and robust character.
I had the pleasure of tasting this one in a scotch tasting recently. This one is heavenly! It almost resembles a scotch version of a fine Bordeaux. Excellent complexity and sophistication.There are red wine-like tannins, stewed orchard fruits, honey vanilla hints of orange rind. A drop of water brings out the esters and citrus emerges and creaminess is added. This would be an excellent gift for any serious scotch drinker. One of the most elegant scotches I have ever tasted.
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