The Balvenie Peated Cask 17 Year
Peated Single Malt
The Balvenie // Speyside, Scotland
In 2001, The Balvenie Distillery prepared a rare batch of peated whiskey. After a time, Malt Master David Stewart, decided to transfer them to newly prepared traditional casks. The casks that had originally held the peated liquid had taken on much of its character, so after initial maturation in American oak, Stewart decided to experiment by giving non-peated 17 Year Old Balvenie a quick finish in the casks that once held the peated liquid to take on some its flavor. Therefore, this is not a peated Scotch per se, but one that has a peated cask finish.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask TypeAmerican oak, peated American oak
"The taste is elegant and subtle. The peat cask adds a whiff of seaside bonfire smoke to what is already a rich, chocolatey, malty whisky. The usual iodine or rubber tire flavors that can affect a peated whisky are not present. Instead it tastes very much as though one is sipping a mature Balvenie in a fine cigar lounge, but without that pesky hair stank to follow. This is an approachable Scotch that might change the minds of those who think they don't like peated whisky."