The Balvenie Unveils A Collection of Curious Casks


What is A Collection of Curious Casks?

A Collection of Curious Casks is a range of four limited edition single casks: an 11 Year Old Hungarian Red Wine Cask, a 14 Year Old American Bourbon Barrel, a 17 Year Old New Spanish Oak Cask, and an 18 Year Old French Pineau Cask. These exclusive casks are part of The Balvenie’s Stories Collection, offering whisky enthusiasts a chance to explore unique and experimental batches.

What inspired this collection?

This collection celebrates the friendship and collaboration between Malt Master Kelsey McKechnie and Warehouse and Samples Coordinator George Paterson. It highlights their skill in selecting casks with rare potential, showcasing hidden gems from The Balvenie’s warehouses.

Where can these whiskies be purchased?

The 11 Year Old Hungarian Red Wine Cask is a global travel retail exclusive. The 14 Year Old American Bourbon Barrel and 18 Year Old French Pineau Cask can be purchased at JPHA. The 17 Year Old New Spanish Oak Cask is exclusive to the distillery and The Balvenie Distillers Library.

Balvenie 14 Year Old American Bourbon Barrel

Originally set aside to become a 12 year old single barrel, this whisky was found to have developed a subtle smoky flavour upon tasting, due to being distilled immediately after peat week, even though the barley used was unpeated.

Balvenie 18 Year Old French Pineau Cask

These casks were part of David Stewart's initial experiment to finish The Balvenie in French Pineau casks. After a few years, the results were not as expected, so he explored using a different source of Pineau, resulting in the creation of French Oak 16.

Conclusion

A Collection of Curious Casks by The Balvenie celebrates the art of whisky making through four unique expressions. Each cask, selected by Malt Master Kelsey McKechnie and Warehouse Coordinator George Paterson, offers a distinct taste and story. This collection is a testament to their collaboration and expertise, inviting whisky enthusiasts to explore the hidden gems of The Balvenie.

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