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New Balvenie 1976 Vintage

June 7th, 2008

William Grant announced a few days ago the release of the the new Balvenie vintage. I just realized that I didn’t post any info on it. This one’s from 1976. Here’s the details from the press release I received:

I’m very pleased to tell you that The Balvenie Vintage 2008 has now been released. Selected by Malt Master David Stewart, together with a team of our very own Balvenie craftsmen, The Balvenie Vintage Cask 1976 is a bottling of two oak casks that had lain undisturbed for over 30 years. With a yield of just 433 bottles, which are expected to be quickly snapped up, don’t delay if you fancy a bottle.

Cask numbers 6568 and 6570 were singled out for their characteristic Balvenie honey notes and rich, fruity, vanilla sweetness; and together yielded just 433 bottles.

The Balvenie 1976 vintage is a limited annual release bottled at full cask strength (53.8% and 52.75% ABV respectively). Available from specialist whisky retailers as well as our online shop.

 The Balvenie on-line shop lists the whisky at 400 Pounds Sterling.( http://www.balvenie.com/shop/vintage1976.html)  These vintage releases are often quite extrordinary. However, the prices have also shot up over the years. (But then again, all whiskies have.)

I’m hoping to get a review sample and will offer my thoughts at that time.

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