The Balvenie A Day of Dark Barley 26 Year Old
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Distillery Balvenie
  • Age 26 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Maturation Ex-Bourbon casks
  • Alcohol 47.8%
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  • vanilla
  • dark chocolate
  • honey
  • oak
  • orange peel
  • butterscotch
  • caramel
  • sweet
  • marmelade

Balvenie

The 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.

Smartass corner:
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.

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  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Distillery Balvenie
  • Age 26 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Maturation Ex-Bourbon casks
  • Alcohol 47.8%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
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.

Finish
The finish is long and silky smooth.
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  • vanilla
  • dark chocolate
  • honey
  • oak
  • orange peel
  • butterscotch
  • caramel
  • sweet
  • marmelade
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Character Dogson
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
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Character Dogson
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
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