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Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Information

Distillery History

The Balvenie Distillery lies at the very heart of Scotch whisky distillation in Speyside, in the Scottish Highlands.  


The 1890’s were boom years for the Scotch whisky industry and in early 1892 work began to convert an eighteenth century mansion, Balvenie New House, into a distillery. The basement was to become a bonded store for maturing whisky, the first storey a malt floor, whilst the upper two floors were to be used as grain lofts.  The building took fifteen months to complete and on 1st May 1893, the first distillation took place at The Balvenie Distillery.


In the early 1920’s the old mansion was levelled to the basement floor and the stone blocks were used to build a new malt barn and kiln.  There was a new office and racking store; the old malt kiln was converted into malt bins and electric light was installed.


In 1957 the number of stills, which had remained at two since 1893, was increased to four and since then there have been other discreet expansions, such that today there are nine stills at The Balvenie Distillery.


But little else has altered over the years and The Balvenie Distillery is still firmly rooted in its past.  Nowhere else will you find a distillery that still grows its own barley,  malts in its own traditional floor maltings and employs coopers to tend the casks and a coppersmith to maintain the stills.  Successive generations of skill on the malting floor, in the tun room and the still house, in the cooperage and the warehouses have preserved the consistency and remarkably high quality of The Balvenie® down the years.

Current Owners William Grant & Sons Ltd.

Location Dufftown, Speyside

Water source Robbie Dubh.


Distilling Equipment.

Stainless Steel Mash Tun,

10 Douglas Fir Washbacks,

4 Wash Stills,

5 Sprit Stills,

Matured using a large proportion of European Sherry casks.

Retains its own maltings for part of its malt supply.

On site cooperage.

Balvenie Distillery, Dufftown,


AB55 4DH


Tel: +44 (0)1340 820373.


Tours by appointment


Please Contact the distillery for details before Travelling

The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch  Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Today The Balvenie Distillery produces a range of The Balvenie Single Malts, which includes.


DoubleWood 12 Year Old,

DoubleWood 17 Year Old,

Carribean Cask 14 Year Old

Port Wood Aged 21 years

Single Barrel 12 year old First Fill

Single Barrel 15 Year Old,




Tun 1401 Batch5


A rare, limited edition Vintage Cask, which is over 30 years old, is also bottled each year.


The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch  Whisky

Older Distillery Bottlings


Founder’s Reserve 10 Year Old,

Rum Wood Aged 14 Years

Roasted Malt Aged 14 years

Rum Cask, Aged 17 Years

Islay Cask, Aged 17 Years

New Oak, Aged 17 Years

New Wood, Aged 17 Years

Sherry Oak, Aged 17 Years

1989 Portwood

Single Barrel Aged 25 Years

Portwood 1993

Vintage Cask

Tun 1401 Batches 1 to 4

Cask 191 Aged 50 years

Vintage Casks 1967, 1968, 1972,


The Balvenie Independent Bottlings

William Grants maintains a very careful eye on every cask of Balvenie so none of the casks find their way on to the open market. The only reported independent bottling of The Balvenie was by a German company: The Maltmill in Hamburg and labelled


The Maltmill Speyside Single Malt 11 years. Was this a Balvennie?

The Balvenie  Single Malt Scotch  Whisky 2008 Awards



The Balvenie Signature, Aged 12 Years



The Balvenie Vintage Cask 1974, Aged 32 Years

Gold-The Balvenie PortWood, Aged 21 Years



The Balvenie PortWood, Aged 21 Years


WORLD WHISKIES AWARDS-Speyside category winner for 12 and under

The Balvenie DoubleWood, Aged 12 Years



The Balvenie Single Barrel, Aged 15 Years


The Balvenie SherryOak, Aged 17 Years

Balvenie Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Rich with honey and orange,


Palate: Medium rich body, fantastic array of fruit complexity and light spicy notes underlined with honey, touch of sweetness.


Finish: Long, lingering, rich, fruity, honey.

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