The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year Old is a single malt Scotch whisky from the Balvenie Distillery located in Dufftown, Scotland. It has been finished in ex-Caribbean rum barrels, one of the more unique barrels ever used to finish Scotch whisky.
The Balvenie distillery was built in 1892 by William Grant in Dufftown, Scotland. William Grant worked as a cattle herder and gradually moved on to a shoemaking apprenticeship. Soon after, he became a bookkeeper at the Mortlach distillery in Dufftown. It is here that William discovered his passion for the art of whisky making.
He spent 20 years studying and mastering the trade of whisky making and bought a field near the Balvenie castle, adding another distillery in the famous Speyside. The Balvenie distillery is one of the very few Speyside distilleries that grow their own barley.
On 1st May 1893, whisky production first began at the distillery and the first official bottle of The Balvenie single malt whisky was released in 1971.
One interesting thing about the Balvenie distillery is that they grow their own barley, the only one in the Scottish Highlands to do so, and use a traditional malting floor to germinate and dry the barley, unlike many other scotch and whisky brands.
The distillery first steeps the barley in spring water and spreads the grain across the malting floor. Here, the grains are turned and malted by hand, a long and tedious process, until the malted barley is ready to be dried in the kiln and processed further.
Once the liquid for the Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 year old is ready, it is aged in traditional oak whisky casks for 14 years. Some of these casks are toasted to caramelize the wood sugar. Some American oak casks are also filled with the Balvenie’s own blend of select West Indian rums.
When the casks are judged to be ready, the rum barrels are emptied and refilled with the spirit that has been ageing for 14 years. This liquid is then further matured in these Caribbean rum casks for an undisclosed period of time, until ready. This additional step adds an extra punch of flavor to the Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 year old.
The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 YO contains 43% ABV (86 US Proof) which is slightly higher than the standard permissible limit for scotch whiskies.
Gold at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2019.
Gold Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2017.
Silver Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2014.
Silver at the International Spirits Challenge 2014.
Silver Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2013.
Gold at the International Spirits Challenge 2013.
Silver at the Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business) in 2013.
20th February 2019
Rich sweet aroma with hints of fruits and creamy toffee.
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