Friday, March 1, 2024

The Balvenie Launches first Whisky within the Tales Assortment to be Matured Solely in Sherry Casks


The 19 12 months Outdated, limited-edition whisky might be launched in August 2023 as a part of the Tales Assortment; a wealthy single malt aged completely in European Oak Oloroso Sherry Casks.

  • A 19 12 months Outdated limited-edition whisky with full-term maturation in European Oloroso Sherry Casks
  • The one whisky within the Tales Assortment that’s 100% Sherry-cask matured
  • The liquid tells the story of experience, instinct and the craft of coopering
  • After taking up from David C. Stewart MBE that is the primary launch designed solely by The Balvenie’s Malt Grasp, Kelsey McKechnie
  • Obtainable from 1st August 2023 for £307 RRP

The Balvenie at present publicizes the most recent whisky in its Tales Assortment, ‘A Revelation of Cask and Character’, a 19 12 months Outdated restricted version whisky, obtainable from 1st August 2023.

A Revelation of Cask and Character tells the story of experience, instinct, and the craft of coopering. This explicit sherry oak maturation is the results of years of curiosity, studying and honing of method and its restricted amount means the liquid will solely be obtainable for 2 years. It’s the solely whisky throughout the Tales Assortment to be matured completely in Sherry casks, delivering a wealthy and opulent flavour profile not like some other within the assortment.  Sherry has lengthy performed an integral function within the historical past and growth of Scotch Single Malt Whisky, and A Revelation Of Cask And Character pays homage to its affect.

The discharge is the primary whisky in The Balvenie vary to be designed solely by Kelsey McKechnie since she stepped into the function of Malt Grasp for The Balvenie final 12 months, following a six-year apprenticeship beneath the cautious steerage of David C. Stewart MBE.

Kelsey McKechnie, Malt Grasp stated: “Not many distillers have a cooperage on-site and it’s so necessary to the event of our distinctive whiskies. We have now a collaborative course of with our coopers, which affords flexibility in concepts and innovation, permitting us to experiment with totally different casks to discover new flavours. By maturing the whisky completely in European Oloroso Sherry casks, drinkers expertise new depths of spice, wealthy toffee and honey which can be quickly met with toasted oak, offering an overflowing warmth.

David C. Stewart MBE, stated: “The introduction of A Revelation of Cask and Character displays the dedication and talent, and emphasises the credentials of the unbelievable craftspeople behind the whisky. Not solely does this liquid inform the story of the cooper, however it’s the first expression designed solely by Kelsey, by which she has mastered the understanding of not simply whisky, however of wooden, and its affect on the maturation course of.”

With a give attention to the characters and the cooperage (each in Speyside and Jerez), the launch tells us extra about how the Makers; Ian McDonald (Head Cooper), Jack Lomas and Liam Henderson (each newly certified Coopers) hone their mastery of wooden to make such a singular expression doable.

Ian McDonald, Head Cooper, who began his profession with an apprenticeship at The Balvenie in 1969 stated: “The coopering group – which is now twenty folks, together with 11 fully-qualified coopers, 4 new apprentice coopers and 5 help group members – performs an enormous half within the creation of all The Balvenie whiskies. Coopering is the unique type of recycling; we all the time restore outdated casks, which provides to the wealthy flavours of the spirits. Our coopers work their manner up by way of a four-year apprenticeship scheme with abilities handed from era to era, contributing to the whisky creation by way of cask restore, as exemplified with the Spanish Sherry casks used for A Revelation of Cask and Character.”

With a nostril of intense ripe fruits and caramelised orange peel, fantastically balancing toasted oak and milled barley. The style is daring, with flavours of currants, cherries and raisins, which give solution to chewy fig and a creamy nutty end.

The weather of storytelling proceed by way of the packaging, with a bespoke illustration by British artist and printmaker Andy Lovell which fantastically depicts the cooperage at The Balvenie Distillery.

The discharge joins different Balvenie Tales expressions such because the 12 12 months Outdated ‘The Candy Toast of American Oak’, 14 12 months Outdated ‘Week of Peat’ 19 12 months Outdated ‘The Fringe of Burnhead Wooden’, and 27 12 months Outdated ‘A Uncommon Discovery From Distant Shores’ bringing to life the tales of the locations the place the whisky is made and celebrating the creativity, ardour and curiosity of its Makers.

A Revelation of Cask and Character might be obtainable to buy from The Whisky Store from August for £307 RRP

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