Balvenie Distillery, Dufftown

Balvenie Distillery, Dufftown, Speyside

This evening, I am focusing on Balvenie Distillery on Speyside, one of the very few traditional and integrated whisky producers from malting floor through to cooperage. Some brief facts:

  • A sister distillery of the mighty Glenfiddich on a site adjacent to Glenfiddich.
  • Founded by William Grant (Glenfiddich) in 1887.
  • Production capacity of 10.0m litres p.a.
  • Uses water from the Robbie Dhu Springs in the Conval Hills ( same source as Glenfiddich).
  • Has a complement of nine stills.
  • Spirit is lightly peated and matured in ex-bourbon, ex-sherry or ex-port casks.
  • Most of the production goes into blends but the following single malts are available:
    • 10 year old Founders Reserve (40pct.)
    • 15 year old 50.4pct
    • Balvenie Port Wood 21 year old (40pct.)
    • Balvenie Double Wood 12 year old (40pct.)

Images below cover the entire whisky making process.

Tours are available but only for pre-booked small groups. Allow about three hours. A visit here would appeal to the whisky connoisseur

Barley for Malting at Balvenie Distillery

Barley for Malting at Balvenie Distillery, Speyside

 

Maltings Floor at Balvenie Distillery

Maltings Floor at Balvenie Distillery, Speyside

 

Malting Oven, Balvenie

Malting Oven, Balvenie Distillery, Speyside



Mash Tun at Balvenie Distillery

Mash Tun at Balvenie Distillery, Speyside

 

Sampling Washback 'Beer' at Balvenie Distillery

Sampling Washback 'Beer' at Balvenie Distillery, Scotland

 

Whisky Stills, Balvenie Distillery

Whisky Stills, Balvenie Distillery, Speyside

 

Maturing Whisky Casks, Balvenie Distillery

Maturing Whisky Casks, Balvenie Distillery, Speyside

 

Balvenie Whisky Tasting, Speyside

Balvenie Whisky Tasting, Speyside, Scotland

 

Whisky Tasting at Balvenie Distillery

Whisky Tasting at Balvenie Distillery, Speyside

 

Cooperage at Balvenie Distillery

Cooperage at Balvenie Distillery, Speyside

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