THE BALVENIE 17 Year Old Doublewood Gift Set
Like the famous 12 year old expression this Balvenie has been matured in two types of cask, the key difference this has been given an extra five years of cask ageing. A great release for 2012. Warm Acacia honey and green apples on the nose leading to warm winter spices, vanilla and honeysuckle on the palate. The finish is gloriously long with notes of vanilla and honey.
Malt Master David Stewart, is the one who craft the Balvenie Double Wood 17 Year Old. Furthermore, he celebrated his 50th year at The Balvenie in 2012. Then, he returned to one of his most celebrated achievements – consecutive maturation in two different types of cask, a process often referred to as cask finishing.
This technique is at the heart of The Balvenie DoubleWood. It sees the whisky matured first in American oak barrels. It imparts soft sweet vanilla notes, before being transferred to European oak sherry casks, where the second cask ageing adds rich spicy flavours and a depth and fullness of flavour.
The DoubleWood 17 Year Old is an elder sibling to DoubleWood 12 Year Old and shares its honeyed, spicy characteristics, but it is distinctly different, with deeper vanilla notes, hints of green apple, creamy toffee and a striking richness and complexity.