Speyside distillery The Balvenie has announced the launch of a new collection of whiskies: The Balvenie Stories range.
The Balvenie Stories range includes the 12 year old The Sweet Toast of American Oak, the 14 year old The Week of Peat and the 26 year old A Day of Dark Barley.
The three new expressions of The Balvenie all tell a human story; those of Apprentice Malt Master Kelsey McKechnie using Kentucky Virgin oak to make a fruitier Balvenie, former distillery manager Ian Millar introducing smoke from Speyside peat, and malt master David Stewart using an unusually brittle barley.
The Sweet Toast of American Oak has been bottled at 43% abv after being aged in American oak for 12 years. It will be sold for £45 (€51 / $57) and said to have notes of candied orange and lemon peel, vanilla toffee and butterscotch, with layers of blossom honey, melted brown sugar and oak spices.
The 14 year old Week of Peat is an evolution of The Balvenie 14 Year Old Peat Week, has an abv of 48.3% and will be available for £65 (€74 / $83) per 70cl bottle. It is said to be a classic Balvenie whisky, with notes of honey, vanilla, citrus and a delicate smokiness.
A Day of Dark Barley has been bottled at 47.8% abv and will be sold for £600 (€684 / $762) per bottle. It’s the product of experiments with heavily roasted dark barley in 1992. It was introduced in 2006 as The Balvenie 14 Year Old Roasted Malt, but another batch has now been made available after 12 years of extra maturation.