The Balvenie The Sweet Toast of American Oak 12 Year

Single Malt

The Balvenie // Speyside, Scotland

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The Sweet Toast of American Oak is so named for the virgin oak barrels sourced from Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky used to finish maturing the whisky. The barrels are pre-toasted in Kentucky and then travel to Dufftown where they receive another deep toast at The Balvenie Cooperage. They are filled with single malt which matured in ex-bourbon barrels for 12 years and remain there for a few months before bottling. The whisky was the idea of Apprentice Malt Master Kelsey McKechnie. This is one of three Stories single malts released by The Balvenie in May 2019.

  • age
    12 Year
  • Cost
  • abv
  • Single Malt
    Distilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
  • Cask Type
    ex-bourbon, finished in virgin American oak

Tasting Notes

"As one would expect from the name, sweet notes of vanilla abound in this Scotch. They don't obscure the grain, however, which comes through a pleasantly bready character along with hints of brown butter, almond, and a bit of salt on the finish. It's an enjoyable dram, skillfully marrying Scottish single malt with American oak."

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