The Balvenie A Day of Dark Barley 26 Year Old

Balvenie The Balvenie A Day of Dark Barley 26 Year Old

(0.75l, 47.8%)

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A twenty-six year old Single Malt "experiment" in chocolate malt.

The Balvenie Distillery is just up the road from Glenfiddich on the north side of Dufftown — smack dab in the middle of Speyside. And a young William Grant worked at the nearby Mortlach Distillery for more than twenty years. And when he was ready to start out on his own, he bought an empty field and laid the foundation stone for The Balvenie in 1886.

Still owned by William Grand & Sons, The Balvenie has long been a favorite of Speyside Whisky lovers. It’s famous for producing Single Malts in the classic styles of the region — light, fruit-forward, sweet, and clean without a trace of peat smoke.

The Balvenie A Day of Dark Barley 26 YO is an interesting story… literally. It’s a part of The Balvenie "Great Stories Series." In July of 1992, a batch of over-roasted barley was delivered to The Balvenie. Dark-roasted Barley like this is commonly used to create Stout Beers. Sometimes it’s referred to as "chocolate malt." That day the distillery embarked on a twenty-six year long experiment aging in ex-Bourbon casks — transforming the chocolate malt into a Single Malt Whisky unlike anything else that ever came from The Balvenie before.

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The first release of this special "experiment" arrived in 2006 as The Balvenie Roasted Malt 14YO. The Balvenie A Day of Dark Barley 26YO is the last of it… as far as we know.

*This bottle is a collector’s item, we will not be able to entertain any refunds or exchanges.

**Individual orders limited to one item per person, as we wish to give everyone the opportunity to participate.

***Any kind of transit damage is insured and will be reimbursed. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
  • Age
  • Maturation
    Ex-Bourbon casks

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dark chocolate
orange peel
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Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Bright Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The nose jumps with notes of brûléed orange peel, sweet marmalade on toasted dark bread, and a dash of honey.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is strong — at 47.8 ABV — with a bit of heat. But it has a rich and thick mouth feel with notes of oak, vanilla, butterscotch, and milky caramels with more of the marmalade flavors.

The finish is long and silky smooth.
Ratings & Reviews
The spirit is nothing short of amazing the chocolatey notes make this drink absolutely delicious.
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