The Balvenie Doublewood Aged 25 Years A Special Celebration Of This Whisky - The Whiskey Wash

The Balvenie Doublewood Aged 25 Years A Special Celebration Of This Whisky

The Balvenie Doublewood Scotch whisky is a popular variant from this distillery that goes through double cask maturation, including finishing for an extended period of time in ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It is a bottling that Balvenie malt master David Stewart MBE is particularly proud of and now, for the celebration of its 25th anniversary, a special 25 year old expression done in the same approach has been released.

The new The Balvenie Doublewood Aged 25 Years, according to those behind it, contains whisky that was originally put to cask at the distillery back in 1993, the same year as the first DoubleWood Aged 12 Years was put on sale. It has hung out in the aging warehouses since then, first in American oak for some 25 years, followed by three months in the ex-sherry casks. This varies somewhat from the 12 year, which rests for a much longer nine months in those latter barrels.

The Balvenie Doublewood Aged 25 Years

The Balvenie Doublewood Aged 25 Years (image via The Balvenie)

“When we launched the first DoubleWood in 1993,” said Stewart in a prepared statement, “I would have never thought we would eventually be bottling a 25-year-old variant as we are today. It’s testament to the success and admiration of DoubleWood, that we are releasing this more mature expression.

“The final liquid has a lovely combination of sweetness and spice, with candied orange, some honey syrup on the nose, followed by a velvety mouth-coating taste, with layers of brown sugar and sweet dried fruits. The extra time spent in American oak, and finally sherry casks has imparted a finish full of oak and sherried sweetness.”

Plans call for this quarter century old expression, bottled at 43% ABV, to be made available globally in limited numbers for a price point of £400, or about $530 USD. It comes housed in “its own stylish maroon and opaque box packaging, with an infinity symbol representing the marrying of Sherry and American oaks.”

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Nino Marchetti

Nino Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.