Single malt Scotch enthusiasts can look forward to The Balvenie Caribbean Cask, Aged 14 Years, and The Balvenie DoubleWood, Aged 17 Years, launching in South Africa from June 2014. Both were created by The Balvenie Malt Master, David Stewart, who celebrated an incredible 50th anniversary at the distillery in 2012.
The Caribbean Cask has had a 14-year maturation period in traditional oak whisky casks, before being transferred to casks that previously held Caribbean rum to finish aging.
"This expression is a beautifully rounded whisky that combines traditional Balvenie vanilla notes with rich toffee, a hint of fruit and a warm, lingering finish. We are very excited for The Balvenie Caribbean Cask to be launching in South Africa for the very first time!" adds Marketing Manager Lauren Kuhlmey.
The DoubleWood 17 Year Old is an elder sibling to DoubleWood 12 Year Old, The Balvenie's most popular expression. The new aged version shares the same DNA and the honeyed, spicy characteristics as the 12 Year Old, but it is distinctly different, with deeper vanilla notes, hints of green apple, creamy toffee and a striking richness and complexity.
"The "cask finishing" technique is at the heart of The Balvenie DoubleWood – it sees the whisky matured first in American oak barrels, which impart soft sweet vanilla notes, before being transferred to European oak sherry casks. The second cask ageing adds a depth and fullness of flavour. We are very excited to be introducing the rich, spicy flavours of the 17 Year Old Doublewood to the South African consumers," adds Lauren.