The Balvenie Doublewood70cl

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Is the future female? - Women are increasingly taking up key roles in the whisky industry

Twenty-five-year-old Kelsey McKechnie has one of the most coveted jobs in Speyside: apprentice malt master at The Balvenie distillery. ‘I’ve always loved whisky. It’s such a beautiful, complex drink,’ she says. ‘And the aromas always make me think of fun times: Christmas, birthdays, family gatherings.’

Being a woman in the industry is not as unusual as you might think, she says. ‘There are quite a few female master blenders now. And whisky bars, cocktails and new styles of whisky are bringing in more types of people all the time.’ After a biology degree, McKechnie analysed whisky samples in the lab at William Grant (the company which owns The Balvenie). That led to working with malt master David Stewart MBE. McKechnie now noses and blends up to 40 samples a day. ‘We do use technology but our nose is still the strongest instrument we have.’

A delicate single malt from the Balvenie distillery at Dufftown on Speyside, this is first aged in oak and then in sherry wood - hence the Doublewood name. This imparts soft oloroso notes layered with honey and vanilla. Taste it and you'll pick up nuttiness, sherry and even a cinnamon flavour.

To produce The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old, David Stewart MBE takes whisky that has spent at least 12 years in traditional whisky casks, American oak ex-bourbon barrels and hogsheads to mellow the maturing spirit and Impart warming layers of vanilla spiciness. He then moves it to Spanish oak ex-Oloroso sherry casks for an additional nine months to increase complexity, bringing fruity, honeyed depths to the resulting Single Malt. The whisky is then transferred to large oak vessels called ?tuns? for 3-4 months to allow the whiskies to ?marry?. This is an excellent introduction to a matured whisky for your collection and would also make a welcome gift for a loved one.

    Typical values

    Preparation and Usage

    Serve neat, with a dash of water or over ice.

    Alcohol by volume: 40%

    Origin Information

    • Scotland


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