About The Balvenie A Day of Dark Barley 26 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Born in December 1839, William Grant became a cattle herder at the age of 7 in order to supplement his family's income. As a teenager, Grant apprenticed as a cobbler and a clerk, and in 1866, he joined Mortlach Distillery as a bookkeeper. For the next two decades, Grant managed the affairs at the distillery, while secretly learning the art of distillation. In 1886, he resigned from his position as distillery manager and bought a field beneath the towering shadows of Balvenie Castle, which he eventually converted into Balvenie Distillery. Today, Balvenie Distillery, situated in the Speyside region of Scotland, remains one of the most independent and prestigious distilleries in all of Scotland.
Still owned by William Grant & Sons, The Balvenie has long been a favorite of Speyside Whisky lovers. It’s famous for producing Single Malts in the classic styles of the region — light, fruit-forward, sweet, and clean without a trace of peat smoke. Balvenie took it a bit further, being one of the first to innovate with various double and triple-wood combinations to add complexity. All that adds to a large range of Single Malt agings and wood combinations to entertain the taste buds of fans all over the world.
The arrival of a batch of dark roasted malted barley at The Balvenie distillery marked the beginning of this 26-year long experiment. The dark roasted barley, more commonly used in the production of stout, created a whiskey with an incredibly pleasing depth of complexity. Released as a part of The Balvenie’s “Stories Collection” A Day of Dark Barley delivers a hearty dose of smoke, oak and classic notes of honey, vanilla and citrus flavors.
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