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The Balvenie Stories 'Second Red Rose' 21-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 48%

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Inspired by the history of Balvenie castle, this whisky celebrates the story of 'the rose', an exquiste red rose with a magenta hue that was used by the Earl of Douglas' widow to pay rent to King James II.

The Second Red Rose is finished in Australian Shiraz casks, for an elegant dram brimming with notes of fresh, ripe fruits and delicate spice, and an astounding red colour.

Nose:  Intense ripe fruits combined with robust earthy tones, reveal the mouth-watering fragrance from fresh mango and subtle oak

Taste:  An initial burst of blackberry and ripe peach sweetness, conceal flavours of vibrant oak and cracked black pepper leaving a gentle woody spice 

Finish:  Lingering oakiness

About the distillery

In 1892 the Grant family, owners of the already successful Glenfiddich distillery, decided to create a new distillery a stones throw from their first. They named it after the 14th century ruins of nearby castle, Balvenie.

The Balvenie has become one of the most popular Single Malt Whisky brands in the world thanks to it's gorgeous, soft, sweet style and and attention to detail.

Despite it's size and popularity, traditional processes are very much still in practice at The Balvenie; they grow a portion of their own barley, they have their own floor malting, and keep both a full time cooper to attend the barrels and coppersmith to care for the stills.

Head distiller David Stewart MBE is also accredited with the modern practice of "finishing" whereby whiskies matured in a variety of different oak casks and brought together in a different oak cask for a final ageing period. David's wide range of different cask types and finishes creates the interesting and delicious flavours for which The Balvenie has forged its impressive reputation.