The Balvenie Stories: A Rare Discovery From Distant Shores

The latest edition of the series is a 27-year-old The Balvenie Single Malt Whisky


In the series The Balvenie Stories, the Speyside distillery releases whiskies, each of which tells a very personal story. They are stories about "skills, human skills and emotions about life". The latest edition is A Rare Discovery From Distant Shores was launched some weeks ago in the UK, now entering the European markte. The limited edition will only be available for two years.

The 27-year-old The Balvenie A Rare Discovery From Distant Shores joins the previous editions of The Balvenie Stories series such as The Sweet Toast of American Oak 12 Years, The Edge of Burnhead Wood 19 Years or The Week of Peat 14 Years.

Characterized by Caroni Rum

The "distant shores" that A Rare Discovery from Distant Shores talks about can be found in Trinidad. Here, for 10 years, Caroni Rum was stored in the casks that gave the new The Balvenie its special touch. Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE said that Caroni has become something of a cult spirit appreciated by rum lovers around the world. It's rare, it's fascinating, and all because the distillery no longer exists. Caroni is absolutely unique, a heavy rum, bold, full of character and full of potential to create a very special Balvenie.

David Stewart brought the casks to Dufftown and had them filled with 20 year old The Balvenie Single Malt Whisky. It then was matured in these former Caroni casks for a further seven years.

Charles Metcalfe, The Balvenie Global Brand Ambassador, said that Caroni is a distillery that produces amazing rums and has enjoyed a high reputation for the last 20 years. The influence that the casks of this heavy Trinidadian rum had on this old Balvenie is truly remarkable. Notes of muscovado sugar and manuka honey joined the Balvenie-typical honey aroma. The A Rare Discovery From Distant Shore was bottled at 48% ABV.

Andy Lovell illustrated A Rare Discovery From Distant Shores

The packaging of all The Balvenie Stories bottlings is adorned with illustrations by British artist and graphic artist Andy Lovell. They capture the light and atmosphere of the distillery and the surrounding landscape. The artwork on A Rare Discovery From Distant Shores shows Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE in his Sample Room.


Images: The Balvenie