In celebration of The Balvenie’s David Stewart, the longest serving Malt Master in the business and who has worked at The Balvenie since 1962, The Balvenie is releasing The Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old. David Stewart has been credited with creating the first whisky to be finished in a barrel other than the one it matured in, a common practice today, with his DoubleWood 12 year old which aged in traditional oak whisky casks and was then fished in first fill European oak sherry casks. To commemorate his 50th year, The Balvenie is adding DoubleWood 17 Year Old to their range to be regularly released.
According to the press release, “During its many years maturing in American oak whisky casks, the DoubleWood 17 Year Old takes on soft sweet vanilla notes. During its shorter period of maturation in the European oak sherry casks, DoubleWood 17 Year Old takes on rich spicy flavors, which add depth and fullness of flavor.’
The Balvenie Doublewood 17 will be released at 43% ABV/86 proof and will be available this October at a cost of $129.99.