The Balvenie distillery in Dufftown was built in 1892 by W. & J. Grant, owners of the Glenfiddich distillery nearby. More than a century later they are still ‘sister stills’, owned by the very same company that originally built them. When the distillery was built in 1892 it was outfitted with second-hand still from Lagavulin and Glen Albyn. This might seem a bit odd at first, but the use of second hand stills is actually not that uncommon. These days Balvenie has no less than eight stills.
The Balvenie Signature Aged 12 Years is an exposition of the traditional art of The Balvenie Malt Master, David Stewart ~ created to celebrate his 45 years in the whisky industry. He skilfully marries aged Balvenie from the finest first fill bourbon, refill and sherry casks to create this signature malt. Rich and complex with honey, citrus fruits and vanilla oak notes. Rich and honeyed with a hint of sherry fruitiness. A spiciness of cinnamon and nutmeg and a subtle oakiness develop with time. Warm and lingering on the finish.