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%)


9/10
OUT OF STOCK

Get notified when the item comes back in stock.

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 Whiskey unlike anything else that ever came from The Balvenie before.

Smartass corner:
The first release of this special “experiment” arrived in 2006 as The Balvenie Roasted Malt 14 yo. The Balvenie A Day of Dark Barley 26 yo is the last of it… as far as we know.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    47.8%
  • Distillery
  • Age
  • Maturation
    Ex-Bourbon casks

Flavor Spiral™

About The Flavor Spiral

Close
vanilla
dark chocolate
honey
oak
orange peel
butterscotch
caramel
sweet
marmelade
What does The Balvenie A Day of Dark Barley 26 Year Old taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in The Balvenie A Day of Dark Barley 26 Year Old and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
Dog Dogson
Dog Dogson's
Smartass
Corner
Scotch Whisky is almost never aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation, while many times ageing process and flavor finishing is concluded 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 47.1 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.

Finish
The finish is long and silky smooth.
Ratings & Reviews
Tiger
Tiger,
The spirit is nothing short of amazing the chocolatey notes make this drink absolutely delicious.
 
Back Back
A Dram for Your Thoughts
You need to be logged in to leave a review.
Your Rating
Review
Cancel