New Balvenie Signature 12 yr.: good news, bad news
Balvenie just introduced a new whisky, called Signature. It’s a 12 year old to celebrate Master Distiller David Stewart’s 45 years in the whisky business. That’s the good new. The bad news (for my U.S. readers) is that it will not be sold in the U.S in 2008. You will have to cross the pond and bring back a bottle. I have been told that this will be the distribution: Europe first – UK and France, then the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland and Germany and lastly Canada from September this year. A bummer for those of us in the U.S.!
Hopefully the U.S. will get this whisky early in 2009. I’m getting a sample sent to me and will let you know when I taste it. Details in the press release excerpt below.
David Stewart, Malt Master of the award-winning Balvenie Distillery, has crafted The Balvenie Signature Single Malt Scotch Whisky – a new addition to The Balvenie range – to mark his 45th year in the whisky industry.
Naming it his signature Balvenie, the 12 year old single malt from the Speyside distillery is a skillful marriage from three cask types – first fill bourbon barrels, refill casks and sherry butts. From the sherry butts come rich fruit and spiciness; the bourbon barrels add subtle vanilla oak and layers of honey and the refill casks impart delicate, sweet notes and smoothness. The result of this union is a perfect balance of spice and subtle oak, deliciously enveloped in The Balvenie’s trademark honeyed character.
As the longest-serving Malt Master in the industry, David Stewart personally developed the award-winning range of The Balvenie Single Malts along with his team of master craftsmen. Using his expertise in maturation, David employs different types of wood to create distinct taste and flavour nuances within the Balvenie range.
Says David, “It has given me great pleasure to create a signature whisky as part of The Balvenie range. Maturing and marrying the finest single malt Scotch whisky has been my passion for over 45 years and it’s an honour to mark the moment with an addition to The Balvenie family.”
The Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a limited release. Each bottle carries its own batch number, and has been handcrafted by David Stewart and his team of craftsmen at The Balvenie Distillery. Signature will go on sale in the UK and selected markets from April 2008 at an RRP of £29.69 for a 70cl bottle.