Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old soon in our shop

William Grant & Sons celebrates the 25th anniversary of DoubleWood with a limited edition of the 25 year old single malt

Filled in casks when DoubleWood 12 year old was launched

Speyside Distillerie Balvenie in Scotland's secret whisky capital – Dufftown – has released a limited edition of its 25 year old DoubleWood to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first release of its flagship, the Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Years. In 1993, at the same time that 12 year old DoubleWood was first introduced to the market, traditional American white oak casks were filled with Balvenie new make spirit. After 25 years of maturation in the local warehouses, the whisky has been finished for another three months in Spanish ex-Oloroso sherry casks. A maturation time in sherry casks that is six months shorter than that of DoubleWood 12 years, due to the whisky’s greater level of spice and complexity after 25 years of ageing.

Gift box with 43% abv

Bottled at 43% abv, DoubleWood 25 years is "a lovely combination of sweetness and spice, with candied orange, layers of brown sugar and sweet dried fruits," said malt master David Stewart MBE. The bottle is packaged in an opaque maroon box adorned with a symbol of infinity on the front, representing the marriage of Spanish ex-Sherry and American oak casks. The anniversary expression is very limited and we will be able to offer a few bottles of it shortly in our online shop.

DoubleWood since 1993

The anniversary release is part of the 2018 Balvenie distillery celebrations, which tribute the pioneering work of David Stewart MBE and the hard work of the distillery team in successfully developing the various DoubleWood bottlings since 1993. As part of the celebrations, Balvenie has also released an anniversary edition of DoubleWood 12 years with a commemorative label.

First experiments in 1982

David Stewart MBE first began experimenting with cask finishing in 1982, transferring whisky matured in ex-Bourbon casks into ex-Oloroso sherry casks to finish them for a few months. This led to the launch of the Balvenie Classic, which was renamed DoubleWood in 1993. "When we launched the first DoubleWood in 1993, I would have never thought we would eventually be bottling a 25-year-old variant as we are today," Stewart said. "This is a testament to the success of DoubleWood that we are releasing this more mature expression.”