THE BALVENIE UNVEILS NEW EXPRESSION TO JOIN THE CELEBRATED STORIES COLLECTION – Scotch Whisky News

THE BALVENIE UNVEILS NEW EXPRESSION TO JOIN THE CELEBRATED STORIES COLLECTION 

  • A new whisky from The Balvenie, The Edge of Burnhead Wood 19-Year-Old, will be released on 1st May 2020 and joins The Balvenie Stories collection, first launched by the distillery in May 2019
  • The latest whisky tells a tale of exploration and craft, culminating in the first ever expression of The Balvenie made entirely from ingredients grown on its Dufftown estate
  • The Edge of Burnhead Wood is a delicately fruity and fragrant expression of The Balvenie, crafted with heather
  • The Balvenie Stories collection celebrates human stories of endeavour and unexpected twists, as told by its craftsmen at the distillery in Dufftown, Scotland
  • Drinkers can listen to the story behind the creation of The Edge of Burnhead Wood, as well as the three other expressions in the collection, via a specially recorded podcast series by the curators of the liquid at here

Today The Balvenie announces the release of The Edge of Burnhead Wood 19-Year-Old, the latest addition to the coveted Balvenie Stories range — a collection of single malt whiskies representing tales of character, endeavour and generational knowledge gathered at The Balvenie Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. The expression brings the total number of bottles in the Stories range to four, joining The Sweet Toast of American Oak 12-Year-Old, A Week of Peat 14-Year-Old and A Day of Dark Barley 26-Year-Old. Each liquid brings to life a distinct narrative of the human touch, skill, and emotion behind every liquid produced by The Balvenie.

Inspired by the fragrant, heather-cloaked highlands which surround The Balvenie Distillery, The Edge of Burnhead Wood celebrates the pastoral tale of how The Balvenie craftsmen experimented with the distillery’s natural resources to find the perfect match between fresh heather and barley.  The expression, which is made from locally sourced ingredients found in the distillery grounds — home-grown barley malted at The Balvenie Maltings, water from the Convel hills, and fresh heather from Burnhead Wood — retains the familiar robust Balvenie taste, with a delicate fruitiness, as well as notes of light spice and juicy fruits. A balanced honeyed sweetness and spicy outburst with hints of cloves and caramelised baked dates develops to reveal an underlying oaky dryness, whilst a lingering oaky finish features notes of fragrant dried blossom.

Commenting on the release of The Edge of Burnhead Wood The Balvenie Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE says: “Stories are the lifeblood of The Balvenie Distillery and are deeply embedded in all the work that we do. The story behind The Edge of Burnhead Wood captures the majestic Speyside landscape and the inventive essence of The Balvenie’s loyal and determined craftspeople. In this way, The Edge of Burnhead Wood sums up the spirit of the work carried out at The Balvenie Distillery; The Balvenie remains true to the techniques and stories passed down by its craftsmen from generation to generation, while also looking forward by exploring new techniques, flavours and marriages to develop unique and original Balvenie expressions.”

Drinkers can hear the story of The Edge of Burnhead Wood via a specially recorded podcast series, featuring the craftsmen behind the expression, as well as The Balvenie Global Ambassador Gemma Paterson and Malt Master David C. Stewart. This podcast will be available at Burnheadwood.com and on Spotify, and can be accessed by scanning a QR code on the bottle with a Smartphone.

Storytelling is carried through every aspect of The Edge of Burnhead Wood with its tale depicted on the whisky’s packaging in a bespoke illustration from British artist and printmaker Andy Lovell. Andy’s work, which draws its inspiration direct from the distillery, can also been seen across the labels for the entire Balvenie Stories range. It uses bold, hand-made gestural marks to build up images that capture the evocative light and atmosphere of the distillery’s landscape. The texture and tactility of Andy’s work emphasises the importance of the human hand in the production of The Balvenie whiskies and the spontaneity and life that comes from The Balvenie’s artisanal ways of working.

The Edge of Burnhead Wood 19-Year-Old will launch globally on 1st May 2020 and will be available in select whisky retailers, RRP £260.00

The entire Balvenie Stories collection is currently available in select whisky retailers, at the following prices; The Sweet Toast of American Oak 12-Year-Old (RRP £45.00), The Week of Peat 14-Year-Old (RRP £65.00) and A Day of Dark Barley 26-Year-Old (RRP £600.00).

NOTES:

Stockists

The Edge of Burnhead Wood is available at Whisky retail specialists and prestige on-trade outlets nationwide. Stockists include The Whisky Shop, The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt, & Grapevines﷟ 

About audio content;

The recorded stories and guided whisky tasting content is available in podcast format, and hosted on the most popular podcast platforms, allowing for playback on home devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

About The Balvenie Stories;

The Edge of Burnhead Wood – Aged 19 Years – 48.7% ABV 

  • Tasting Notes:
    • Nose: Lively and vibrant, this Balvenie has notes of fig and geranium oil perfectly balanced with fresh herbal undertones reminiscent of green woodland.
  • Taste:Flavours of honey, cloves and caramelised baked dates are layered on top of delicate citrus and spice. The sweetness reveals an underlying oaky dryness.
  • Finish: Lingering, oaky, dried blossom.

May 2019 releases:

The Sweet Toast of American Oak – 12 –Year-Old – 43% ABV 

  • Tasting Notes:
    • Nose: Lusciously malty with some sweet fudge, followed by citrusy and oak vanilla aromas with layers of spicy oak notes of ginger and cinnamon.
  • Taste:Candied orange and lemon peel, vanilla toffee and butterscotch, layers of blossom honey, some melted brown sugar and oak spices at the end.
  • Finish: Rich and malty with gentle waves of oak vanilla and subtle spices.

The Week of Peat – 14-Year-Old – 48.3% ABV 

  • Tasting Notes:
  • Nose: Gentle sweet peat smoke, lighter floral notes and delicate butterscotch honey.
  • Taste: Velvety and round to taste with the peat smoke balancing citrus flavours, oaky vanilla and blossom honey.
  • Finish: Gentle smoke with a lingering and creamy vanilla sweetness.

A Day of Dark Barley – 26-Year-Old – 47.8% ABV

  • Tasting Notes:
  • Nose: Big malty notes, soft brown sugar, vanilla toffee, blossom honey and a mild oaky spiciness.
  • Taste: Syrupy with a toffee sweetness, some citrusy notes of tangy orange peel, followed by oak vanilla and a touch of cinnamon and ginger spices at the end.
  • Finish: Enduring gentle waves of vanilla and oak spices.

About The Balvenie: 

  • The Balvenie is a unique range of single malts created by David Stewart MBE. The Balvenie Malt Master was awarded an MBE for services to the Scotch whisky industry by Queen Elizabeth II in 2016. Each expression has a very individual taste, but is rich, luxuriously smooth and underpinned by the distinctively honeyed character of The Balvenie.
  • The Balvenie is dedicated to the five rare crafts that are used to create The Balvenie’s distinctive taste. It is the only distillery that still grows its own barley, uses traditional floor maltings and keeps both coppersmiths and coppers on site – making The Balvenie the most handcrafted of single malts.
  • The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is produced by William Grant & Sons Ltd, an award-winning independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1886 and today run by his direct descendants.
  • For further information on The Edge of Burnhead Wood and The Balvenie entire range, visit https://www.thebalvenie.com/.

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