The Balvenie 26 years old, A Day Of Dark Barley #6852 /47,8%/ –
In the spring of 2019 Balvenie Distillery launched a new range of single malt whisky called The Balvenie Stories Collection. The range is “designed to bring to life the tales of character, endeavor and craft of those at Balvenie through generations”. The third installment in the series, A Day of Dark Barley is a sister expression to Balvenie Roasted Malt 14 years old, launched in 2006. The whisky was distilled from mash containing percentage of dark roasted chocolate malt commonly used for production of stout and aged in first fill bourbon barrels for 26 years. Its name and presentation reminds a day in 1992 when Balvenie mashman Brian Webster and maltman Robbie Gromley took in a delivery of dark barley from Simpson Maltings ready to start an experiment.
Nose: sweet and malty, honey, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, candied ginger, cappuccino, milk chocolate, raisins, hints of mango and oak.
Palate: nicely balanced, vanilla, toffee, honeycomb, orange marmalade, buttered cinnamon croissant, cocoa powder, hints of ginger and cloves.
Finish: fairly long and sweet, with notes of honey, vanilla cream, butterscotch, oak, and dash of mixed spice.