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.

Matured in two distinct casks. Handcrafted to be enjoyed responsibly.The Balvanie Doublewood acquires its complex yet rich and smooth taste from its maturation in two different types of oak cask. First Cask Whisky Oak Many years of maturation in Traditional whisky casks mellows the maturing spirit and Imparts Warming Layers of vanilla spiciness. Second Cask Sherry Oak Further maturation in European oak Sherry cask increases complexity, bringing fruity, honeyed Depths to the resulting Single Malt. Double Wood The traditional crafts of malt whisky making still flourish at the Balvenie distillery. The Balvenie Distillery has been owned and managed by the same independent family company for Five Generations. Nowhere else will you find a distillery that still grows its own barley, still malts in its own traditional floor maltings and still employs a Team of Coopers to tend all the casks and a Coppersmith to maintain the stills. The fifth rare craft is that of Malt Master, David Stewart. Over fifty years of experience enables him to Skillfully use different types of cask and different ages of spirit to craft The Balvenie range of single malts. Each expression has a distinctive taste, but all share a rich, honeyed character.

    Typical values

    Alcohol by volume: 40%

    Origin Information

    • Scotland


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