A double maturation of bourbon and sherry oak matured for a minimum of 17 years. Honeyed notes and spicy characteristics dominate, but it is the richness and complexity which sets this apart.
The Balvenie distillery was built in Dufftown 1892 by William J Grant. The name Balvenie means "village of luck". The company is still in the hand of the William Grant and Sons Ltd. When the distillery was built Grant had to save a bit on the equipment and therefor the stills were used stills from the Lagavulin distillery. Over the years the Balvenie whisky became very popular and the distillery increased the number of stills from two to four. In 1971 the whole distillery was renovated and the number of stills was increased to a total of nine stills.
David Stewart MBE, Balvenies Malt Master, is one of the industrys most experienced experts and began working with William Grant and Sons in 1962. He is perhaps most famous for being the first to create the process that would later be known as wood finishing, a process whereby whiskies are matured in one type of cask, such as ex-Bourbon barrels, then transferred into a second cask type (such as ex Sherry, Port or Rum) resulting in a greater depth and complexity of the final flavour of the whisky. He received his MBE from Queen Elizabeth II in 2016 for his services to the Scotch Whisky Industry.