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The Balvenie Stories 'The Week of Peat' 14-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 48.3%

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Eager to experiment with The Balvenie profile using what he had learnt from a recent trip to Islay, distillery manager Ian Millar ordered a batch of Speyside peat for the kiln. For a week a year, The Balvenie distills a batch of peated malt, resulting in a whisky rich in honey, vanilla and citrus notes with an extra layer of delicate smokiness.

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.

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