Planet Whiskies :: Scottish Single Malt Whisky, Scotch, Distilleries, American Bourbon, Japanese, Irish

World-Wide Whisky News by Planet Whiskies | Buy your whisky online

To advertise on Planet Whiskies visit our contact us page

New Peated Single Malt Showcases The Balvenie In Entirely Different Way: 5th September, 2017

The Balvenie Peat Week Aged 14 Years is one of the distillery’s first whiskies to be made from 100% peated barley

New Peated Single Malt Showcases The Balvenie In Entirely Different Way: 5th September, 2017

Tuesday 5th September, London: Today The Balvenie, the most handcrafted single malt Scotch whisky, reimagines a classic Speyside style whisky with the release of an exceptional peated expression – The Balvenie Peat Week Aged 14 Years (2002 Vintage), available initially in a select number of markets. 

The Balvenie Peat Week is the product of trials undertaken by The Balvenie’s Malt Master David Stewart MBE and Ian Millar, former distillery manager and current Prestige Whiskies Specialist at William Grant & Sons. 

At a time when very few Speyside distilleries were using peat in production, The Balvenie distilled a batch of heavily peated malt, which was laid down to mature at the distillery in Dufftown, Scotland under the watchful eye of the industry’s longest-serving Malt Master. Since this pioneering moment, the distillery has dedicated one week each year, named Peat Week, to using only peated barley in its production, in order to craft a different style of The Balvenie liquid with enhanced smoky notes. 

The result of the initial experiment is a classic honeyed whisky enriched with a delicate, sweet and lingering peat smoke that unlocks flavours unexpected from a Speyside distillery and showcases The Balvenie’s truly innovative and forward-thinking nature. 

The Balvenie Peat Week (2002 Vintage), released in September 2017,is a single vintage bottling, limited and rare by nature. This non-chill filtered expression, bottled at 48.3% ABV, will launch exclusively to the USA, UK, Denmark and Sweden in September. The liquid was matured solely in American Oak casks, giving the final spirit a velvety and round taste with the peat smoke balancing oaky vanilla and honey. 

Commenting on the release, David Stewart MBE says: “Being able to experiment with different elements of whisky making and stock management is one of the most exciting and important parts of my job. The new Peated Week bottling is a result of our continued efforts to innovate and trial flavours not typically associated with The Balvenie. The expression is testament to the freedom we enjoy as a family company, and shows The Balvenie in an unexpected way, yet still remaining true to the distillery style our drinkers enjoy.” 

The new release pays special homage to a time when peated whiskies were commonly produced by distilleries across Speyside, including The Balvenie, who utilised locally sourced peat throughout the 1930s, 40s and 50s to dry barley processed at the distillery’s traditional malt floor, which is still in use today. 

New Peated Single Malt The Balvenie 14 year old

Ian Millar, says: “When we first started the experiments it was an incredibly exciting time as very few Speyside distilleries were using peated malt in production. Along with cask type, there’s nothing quite like peat to change the flavour profile of a whisky, so it was great to have the chance to undertake these experiments and lay the foundations for future peated malts.” 

Alwynne Gwilt, The Balvenie UK Brand Ambassador added: “For anyone who thinks that Scotch is a staid category, this new release from The Balvenie will make them reconsider. Behind the scenes at whisky distilleries like ours, experiments are always going on and almost 15 years ago, we started exploring what it would be like to peat the malt that goes into our gorgeous honeyed liquid for one week each year. The result is something wonderful and will give The Balvenie lovers a chance to see this delicious whisky in a different light.” 

The release follows the June release of The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask Aged 14 Years, exclusive to travel retail. Both bottlings will be permanent additions to The Balvenie’s existing range. 

The Balvenie Peat Week will retail for £60 RRP and is available from September.

The Balvenie Peat Week Aged 14 Years (2002 Vintage) tasting notes:

Nose: Gentle sweet peat smoke with some lighter floral notes and delicate butterscotch honey

Taste: Velvety and round to taste with the peat smoke balancing citrus flavours, oaky vanilla and blossom honey

Finish: Gentle smoke with a lingering and creamy vanilla sweetness

<< Buy The Balvenie 14 Year Old

<< View single malts from The Balvenie

<< Read more about The Balvenie Distillery

<< Back to all the latest whisky news brought to you by Planet Whiskies

Share Planet Whiskies on social media

Planet Whiskies on Twitter
Planet Whiskies on Facebook
Planet Whiskies on Google Plus
Planet Whiskies on Pinterest

The Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel First Fill Single Malt Scotch WhiskyThe Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel First Fill Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The Balvenie Single Barrel derives its name from that fact that is is drawn from a single cask of a single distillation. No two casks - even of the same type and filled with new make from the same distillation - will produce an identical single malt, so each bottling of The Balvenie Single Barrel forms a limited edition... Read more

The Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel First Fill for only £48.30
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

Highland Park Capella Special Edition Single Malt WhiskyHighland Park Capella Special Edition Single Malt Whisky

Colour/Appearance: Dark Amber.
Nose: Honey, apricot, plum, a little smoked and salty.
Palate: Light influence of sherry: caramel, vanilla, fruit cake. A little creamy. Pretty alive in attack, then it softens afterwards.

Buy Highland Park Capella for £250.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

Subscribe to Planet Whiskies newsletter

* indicates required

Buy from Spirits By Post:: Excellent whisky selection available to buy online today:: Click for more details

Latest Whisky News

See all whisky press releases for 2017

Ballantine's Invites The World To Open What's Never Been Opened Before With Its New Single Malt Series: 25th September, 2017

Glenfiddich launches new limited edition expression finished in ice wine - Winter Storm: 21st September, 2017

Thank you Scotland: Glenfiddich launches first ever festival for Scottish on-trade:15th September, 2017

Scotch Whisky tourism more popular than ever - distillery visits and spend increasing: 9th September, 2017

New Speyside Distillery: Cabrach will celebrate Scotland’s illicit whisky history: 7th September, 2017

Latest Gin News

Ian Macleod Distillers Acquires Edinburgh Gin :: 13th September, 2016

Crafted Upon Four Pillars :: The definitive Modern Australian Gin Debuts in the U.S :: 13th July, 2016

VisitScotland Interactive Whisky Guide

Visit Scotland Interactive Whisky Map

Found out about 105 whisky distilleries in Scotland's five whisky regions in this very exciting interactive whisky guide :: More information

Selection of Scottish Malts Whisky available from Spirits By Post

Ailsa Bay Single Malt Scotch WhiskyAilsa Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery:  Ailsa Bay

Nose: Strong notes of smoke balanced with a creamy sweetness and notes of smoky bacon.
Palate: A kick of peat followed by sweetness. Notes of crispy bacon continue with hints of maple syrup.
Clicks to read more

Buy Now for £54.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

Scapa 1980 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch WhiskyScapa 1980 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery:  Scapa

Colour/Appearance: Light Gold.
Nose: Rich, spices, cinnamon, honey, zest, barley, sweet cereals.
Palate: Honey, juicy barley, notes of orange and cacao, oaky and winter spices.
Finish: Spicy, long and warming.

Buy Now for £599.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

Collectivum XXVIII 2017 Release Single Malt WhiskyCollectivum XXVIII 2017 Release Single Malt Whisky

Distillery:  Blended

Limited bottle available worldwide! Order now for delivery last week of September, 2017
Cask Type: Refill American oak hogsheads, refill European oak butts, ex-bodega European oak and first-fill bourbon.
Clicks to read more

Buy Now for £148.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

Highland Park Odin - The Valhalla Collection 16 Year Old Single Malt WhiskyHighland Park Odin - The Valhalla Collection 16 Year Old Single Malt Whisky

Distillery:  Highland Park

Colour/Appearance: Vivid burst of sunlight.
Nose: Robust, sweet vanilla and honey, red berry fruit, toasted honeycomb, peaty smoke.
Palate: Prominent sweetness, cinnamon, bitter chocolate, fruit cake.
Finish: Lingering and complex with citrus.

Buy Now for £499.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

Arran Malt Orkney Bere 2004 Vintage Single Malt Scotch WhiskyArran Malt Orkney Bere 2004 Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery:  Arran

Nose: Malty and Herbal initially with hints of vanilla and freshly cut hay. A veritable hedgerow of aromas are at play whilst honey and sweet fruits emerge with a dash of water against a back-drop of rich, toasted oak. Clicks to read more

Buy Now for £89.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

More details about Spirits By Post can be found on their website at www.spiritsbypost.com

Planet Whiskies on Pinterest

Planet Whiskies on Twitter

Support us Google Plus