The Balvenie Distillery is located in Dufftown within the Speyside region, and is known for creating single malt whiskies that are peculiarly simple. When you start thinking about the *house characteristics* (the aromas and flavors inherent to a certain distillery’s whiskies) of different single malts, you think about Balvenie. Balvenie malts are classically gentle and nuanced, and without wine cask or peat influence they’ll display a fine range of honey, vanilla, and gentle floral notes.
The distillery itself was built in the late 19th century by William Grant, and has stayed in the Grant family portfolio ever since (William Grant & Sons also owns the neighboring Glenfiddich distillery and the Kininvie and Girvan distilleries in Scotland, along with a few other brands and distilleries). Balvenie puts out a tremendous amount of spirit from its 6 wash and 5 spirit pot stills each year, but still keeps a fairly self-sufficient operation. The distillery has 1,ooo acres of farmland where it grows its own barley, it ages all its stock onsite in stone warehouses, it has an operational malting floor, and it employs its own coopers and coppersmiths.