The Balvenie 25 Years starts the Rare Marriages series

A tribute to the marriage of special casks in the marriage tun


With The Balvenie 25 Years, the first of three whiskies of the Rare Marriage series is now being launched in Germany and several other European countries. It is available as a very limited edition in and will soon be followed by the other two editions of the series, The Balvenie 30 Years and The Balvenie 40 Years.

Marriage to gain unique complexity

“The Balvenie single malt whiskies have a unique aromatic depth. The Rare Marriages series is based on the impressive combination of extraordinary characteristics and is characterised by its unique complexity. The range is based on years of experience in combining flavours and embodies luxury in its purest form,” says The Balvenie Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE, who selected the casks for this particular bottling.

The whisky for The Balvenie 25 Years Rare Marriage was matured in casks made of American and European oak and was batched in the Marriage Tun to create a complex and harmonious aroma. It was bottled at 48% ABV in a natural colour and un-chillfiltered It is released at an RRP of 700 Euro. The Balvenie 30 Years (RRP 1,750 Euro) will offer 44.2% ABV, The Balvenie 40 Years will be available at cask strength for an RRP of 5,000 Euro.

Producer’s tasting notes for The Balvenie 25 Years Rare Marriage

Nose: Smooth and honeyed on the nose with mellow oaky tones and hints of candied orange peel.

Taste: The initial bold vanilla oak flavours slowly dissipate to reveal layers of toasted marshmallows, fresh fruit terrine and cinnamon infused apple tart.

Finish: Exceptionally long lasting sweetness.

Artful presentation

To properly present the new Rare Marriages series, The Balvenie worked with paper quilling artist Yulia Brosdskaya. She designed an impressive presentation for The Balvenie 25 YO, arranging artfully twisted sheets of paper. In the packaging of The Balvenie Rare Marriages, the development of the taste during the marriage process is visualized through the colour gradient and the number of years in casks through golden or wood-coloured rings.

Images: William Grant & Sons Ltd