Developer: Balvenie Distillery.
Alcoholic degree: 40°.
Peculiarities of the elaboration: William Grant was born in Scotland in 1839. The young man of Grant worked in Distillery Mortlach and dreamed to direct one day his own distillery. In 1886, Grant and his nine children laid the foundation stone of the Glenfiddich Distillery: on Christmas Day 1887, the first spirits came out of their stills. In 1892, William Grant & Sons bought a second neighboring distillery called Balvenie. Today, Balvenie is one of the six hundred distilleries in Scotland that has its own malting plant.
The Doublewood Balvenie is a 12 year old single malt that matures, like all House whiskeys, in two types of wood: the barrel of American oak whiskey and later in boots that have previously contained sherry wine. The first soften the distillate and give it character, while the sherry boots provide depth and fullness of flavor.
Tasting notes: Deep amber color with soft mahogany sparkles. The nose is intense, with aromas of stone fruit (peaches), tobacco, honey, spices (vanilla, cinnamon), coconut and floral touches and nuts (walnuts). The entry into the mouth is smooth and then, powerful in the step, where the honeyed and floral sensations return, with marked memories of licorice, wood and spices.
Uses in cocktails: Rusty Nail.
Ingredients: 45 ml. of whiskey, 45 ml. of Drambuie (whiskey liqueur), ice, 1 slice of lemon.
- Fill a low glass with abundant ice.
- Pour the 45 ml. of Scotch Whiskey and then 45 ml. of Drambuie.
- Garnish with a slice of lemon.