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The Balvenie Distillery

The Balvenie is a Speyside single malt Scotch whisky that is produced by William Grant & Sons. The production takes place at the distillery Balvenie in Dufftown, Scotland. 

Balvenie is one of the few distilleries that still malt their own barley. They have their own malting floors where they malt their barley. 

Its a large distillery with nine, fat, short-necked stills producing a new make spirit with a noticeable unique character. 

Next to the Balvenie distillery is the famous Glenfiddich distillery and in the center the famous Glenfiddich barn with inside the Glenfiddich bar. Also produced in the distilleries is the single malt whisky named Kininvi. Put these beautiful whiskies together and you will have the legendary blend called Monkey Shoulder. 

The Balvenie was one of the first distilleries to introduce a ‘finished’ single malt with the launch in 1993 of Double Wood, which was first aged in ex-Bourbon casks before being given a short period of secondary maturation (aka finishing) in ex-Sherry. 

This utilisation of different wood types runs through the Balvenie range with a new 17-year-old Double Wood recently joining Caribbean Cask (ex-rum) 14 year old, and the 21-year-old Port Wood as part of the core range. As well as single barrel releases and older age variants up to 50 years in the range, a cult small batch, Tun 1401, has also recently appeared, followed by Tun 1509 and Tun 1858.

New by the Balvenie is the Story telling range. Read more about this below. 

  • Owner

    William Grant & Sons

  • Status

    Operational

  • Country

    Scotland

  • Region

    Speyside

  • Production type:

    Single Malt, Blends

  • Founded

    1892

  • Production yearly

    7.000.000 Liters

History

Balvenie was built on a 12 acre site adjacent to Glenfiddich in 1892/3. Originally known as Glen Gordon it took the name of the huge (ruined) castle which was located next door. The ‘new’ castle, already derelict in 1893, was turned into maltings.

The distillery provided fillings, primarily for the Grant’s Standfast blend, until 1973 when the first official bottling was made. Its continued requirements as a contributor to blends initially restricted its growth as a stand-alone brand (although increasing its cult status). This was eased slightly with the opening of Kininvie in 1990, but it was only with the building of Ailsa Bay that greater stocks were finally made available. It is now one of the fastest-growing single malt brands in the world.

“I started my career as a whisky stocks clerk in 1962 and didn’t expect to become Malt Master.”
David Stewart
Distillery manager

Distillery Facts

Taste profile

the balvenie story telling 

The Balvenie Stories range is a collection of single malt whiskies representing tales of character, endeavour and craft. Each whisky produced by The Balvenie tells a human story, evolving with the protagonists and developing unexpected twists through years of maturation.

Each whisky is accompanied by an audiobook which brings to life the story behind each expression, through a series of conversations between The Balvenie’s craftsmen and The Balvenie Global Ambassador Gemma Paterson. These conversations were recorded at locations significant to the narrative of each tale, including at The Balvenie Distillery and as far afield as Kelvin Cooperage, Kentucky. Each audiobook concludes with David Stewart and Kelsey McKechnie sharing a dram of some of the very first bottles of The Balvenie Stories with the craftsmen who created the whiskies you’re about to enjoy.

Core range 

At this point The Balvenie’s core range is: 

Rare and Precious Range

 

Other bottles: 

Want to read more about Balvenie bottles and collection?

Distillery Tours

 

THE CLASSIC TOUR

A guided walk around the distillery, followed by a tasting of our award-winning Benromach 10 & 15 Year Old whiskies.

DURATION:

About 1 hour

DRAMS

3 drams

COST

£8 per person
 

THE CONTRAST TOUR

A leisurely tour around the distillery, followed by a delicious exploration of our contrasting Benromach whisky expressions.

DURATION:
About 90 minutes
DRAMS
4 drams
COST
£20 per person
 

THE HERITAGE TOUR

Discover our heritage with a tour around the distillery alongside one of our friendly tour guides. After the tour you will be led through a tasting of our Benromach whisky range in one of our tasting rooms.

DURATION:
About 2 hours
DRAMS
4 drams
COST
£75 per person

Tastings 

We host three tours a day and tour times are 10am , 11.30am & 2pm, costing £50 per person, pre-booking is essential. Bottling your own Balvenie in Warehouse 24 costs £30 and is available exclusively as part of The Balvenie Distillery tour.

THE CLASSIC range

3 drams

COST

£12 per person
 

THE CONTRAST range

4 drams

COST

£12 per person
 

THE HERITAGE TOUR

4 drams

COST

£45 per person

Visitor center 

OPENING TIMES

January – February

OPENING TIMES

 

DayTimes
Monday10:3015:00
Tuesday10:3015:00
Wednesday10:3015:00
Thursday10:3015:00
Friday10:3015:00
Saturday10:3015:00
SundayClosed 

 

March -October

OPENING TIMES

DayTimes
Monday09:3015:30
Tuesday09:3015:30
Wednesday09:3015:30
Thursday09:3015:30
Friday09:3015:30
Saturday09:3015:30
SundayClosed 

November  – December

OPENING TIMES

DayTimes
Monday10:3015:o0
Tuesday10:3015:00
Wednesday10:3015:00
Thursday10:3015:00
Friday10:3015:00
Saturday10:3015:00
SundayClosed 

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Balvenie Distillery
Dufftown
Moray
AB55 4BB
United Kingdom
The Balvenie social media links

Livingbythedram social media links 

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