In a nutshell: A well rounded and mouth-coatingly fruity Speyside single malt finished in Amercian oak ex-rum casks.
The lowdown: Bavenie's Caribbean Cask was, at first, aged in traditional oak before being finished in casks which previously held Caribbean rum. The result is an exceptionally smooth whisky with a fruity character, rounded with vanilla and toffee which imparts some extra sweet oak notes and warmth. It's a well-rounded whisky with a real warmth to its character.
A Speyside Single Malt Scottish Whisky Distillery located in Dufftown, Scotland and owned by William Grant & Sons.
On the 19th of December 1839, William Grant was born. At seven he was herding cattle. Then he was an apprentice to a shoemaker, worked as a clerk, and later became a bookkeeper at Mortlach distillery in 1866, he was then made clerk, then manager, and learned the distilling trade.
Grant left his job at Mortlach distillery after twenty years and bought a field near Balvenie Castle, where he drew up plans for his distillery and laid the foundation stone in autumn of 1886. He continued to have an active role in the company until his death in 1923.
The conversion of an 18th-century mansion into a distillery started in 1892 and took fifteen months to complete. It was the 1st of May 1893 when the first distillation took place.
Having begun working with William Grant & Sons in 1962 David Stewart MBE, Balvenie's Malt Master is one of the industry's most experienced experts. He received his MBE from Queen Elizabeth II in 2016 for his services to the Scotch Whisky Industry.