The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask An Interesting New Travel Retail Release - The Whiskey Wash

The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask An Interesting New Travel Retail Release

By Nino Marchetti / June 20, 2017

The Balvenie distillery is a very popular Speyside whisky distillery known for its Scotch expressions. It dedicates a tiny portion of its lineup to heavily peated bottlings, and now is bringing to travel retail a rather interesting offering that’s not only heavily peated, but triple casked as well.

The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask Aged 14 Year Old, according to the distillery, is made from a batch of heavily peated malt that’s matured in first-fill bourbon, refill bourbon, and sherry casks for some 14 years before being bottled at 48.3% ABV. It is said to pay homage to a time “when peated whiskies were commonly produced by distilleries across the region, 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.”

The distillery normally dedicates just one week a year, known to them as Peat Week, to using peated barley in its production. This is said to produce a different style of whisky with enhanced smoky notes. The Peated Triple Cask expression was the result of trials put on by The Balvenie’s Malt Master David Stewart MBE and Ian Millar, former distillery manager and current Prestige Whiskies Specialist at William Grant & Sons.

“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,” said Stewart in a prepared statement. “The new Peated Triple Cask 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.”

Plans call for The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask to be released later this month for around £65, or about $85 USD. Extremely limited official tasting notes suggest “a classic honeyed whisky enriched with a delicate, sweet and lingering peat smoke that unlocks flavours unexpected from a Speyside distillery.”