Since 2002 Balvenie Distillery has reserved one week a year to distilling whisky from barley malted to specification of 30ppm phenols.
In 2017 Balvenie Peat Week 14 years old was launched commemorating peat in distillery that doesn’t use much of it. The distillery uses 100% Highland peat to dry the barley, peat that imparts earthy, woody smoke notes instead of coastal elements of iodine, salt and medicinal characteristics associated with Islay peat. Here is the second release of Balvenie Peat Week, a single vintage whisky (2003) aged for 14 years exclusively in white American oak barrels and bottled without chill-filtration at 48.3% abv in February 2018.
Nose: sweet peat smoke, honey, vanilla, butterscotch, orange and lemon peel, apples, pears, hints of leather and toasted oak.
Palate: fruity and pleasantly smoky, apples, oranges, peaches, honey, toffee, vanilla, roasted nuts, dash of pepper and oak.
Finish: fairly long, with notes honey, toffee, vanilla, ripe fruit, dash of mixed spice and whiffs of peat smoke.