First Cask: Whisky Oak
Many years of maturation exclusively in Traditional Whisky oak casks mellows the maturing spirit and imparts a honeyed, oaky character, rich with vanilla.
Second Cask: Sherry Oak
A further few months’ maturation in European oak sherry casks increases complexity, adding layers of almonds, dried fruit and spiciness.
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.
Malt Masters have a very important role in the whisky making process, not only nosing and tasting whisky but also using intuition and expertise to ensure the spirit matures into fine single malt. As the Balvenie Malt Master, David Stewart is also guardian of The Rare Crafts required to preserve the distinctive, honeyed taste of The Balvenie.
The Balvenie DoubleWood derives its name from the fact that it spends its maturation period in two distinct types of cask. David Stewart was one of the first to produce single malt Scotch whisky using this method and this seventeen year old expression of DoubleWood sos the effect of longer maturation in a traditional whisky oak cask, followed by a shorter, expertly judged period spent in a European oak sherry cask.
This final stage of maturation in the sherry casks can take anything between a few months and a year, so the whisky is nosed regularly to ensure the process is halted at precisely the right moment.
From this Distillery comes The Balvenie DoubleWood aged 17 years characterised by rich vanilla oak, honey and layers of sweet spices.
Malt Master David Stewart first released The Balvenie DoubleWood aged 17 years in 2012 in celebration of his half-century at The Balvenie Distillery.
During maturation: The Balvenie DoubleWood is transferred from a traditional whisky oak cask to a European sherry oak cask thereby acquiring character from each. This second cask ageing is at the heart of The Balvenie DoubleWood and at seventeen years of age it has an elegant nose, complex with oak, vanilla, honeyed sweetness and a hint of green apples. To taste it is sweet with cinnamon, layered with a richness of creamy toffee notes, traces of oak and deep vanilla.