Thursday, September 13, 2018


William Grant & Sons, have announced the launch of a new limited-edition DoubleWood expression, as part of its Balvenie, single malt Scotch whisky range.

The Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old (43% ABV) was matured for 25 years in traditional whisky casks, before being finished in ex-Oloroso sherry casks.

The Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old

This latest release from the Dufftown based distillery, was crafted by Malt Master David Stewart MBE, to mark the 25th anniversary of the DoubleWood series. The Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old, contains liquid which was laid down at the distillery in 1993, the same year as the original DoubleWood 12 Year Old was released.

The DoubleWood story started in 1982, when David began experimenting with cask finishing by transferring mature Balvenie into Oloroso sherry casks to finish it for a number of months – a process which adds a layer of flavour, depth and complexity that cannot be achieved using any other method. The success of this pioneering work led the distillery to release the much sought-after Balvenie Classic in 1983, which was subsequently rebranded as DoubleWood in 1993.

Commenting on the news, David Stewart MBE, said: “When we launched the first DoubleWood in 1993, 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.”

The Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £400,00.

Posted by Steve Rush