2018 marks the 25th anniversary of The Balvenie DoubleWood, aged 12 years. This milestone is not only a testament to the craftsmen who have dedicated their working lives to making Balvenie the handcrafted way but to the skill of Balvenie's Malt Master who throughout his 55 year career has changed the face of Scotch, work which earned him an MBE in 2016.
DoubleWood 12 was launched in 1993, using a process designed by Malt Master David Stewart in 1982, now commonly known as 'wood finishing'. To make The Balvenie DoubleWood, he takes whisky that has spent at least 12 years in traditional whisky casks, American Oak ex-bourbon barrels and hogsheads, and moves it to Spanish oak ex-Oloroso sherry casks for an additional nine months. The whisky is then transferred to large oak vessels called “tuns” for 3-4 months to allow the whiskies from individual casks to “marry”.
Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood has enticing aromas of sweet fruit and Oloroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla. The flavours are smooth and mellow with beautifully combined flavours - nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness and a delicately proportioned layer of sherry. The finish is long and warming.