Balvenie launches 100% peated whisky

by Amy Hopkins

The Balvenie has extended its offering of peated Scotch whiskies with the launch of Peat Week, a 14-year-old expression.

The 2002 vintage is the result of product trials run by The Balvenie’s malt master David Stewart and Ian Millar, former distillery manager and current prestige whiskies specialist at brand owner William Grant & Sons. Each year, Speyside distillery The Balvenie dedicates one week to the distillation of peated malt. The Balvenie Peat Week follows the launch of travel retail exclusive The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask Aged 14 Years earlier this year. Both have now joined the brand’s permanent range. The new expression is a single vintage whisky that has been aged exclusively in American oak casks, has been non-chill-filtered and bottled at 48.3%. It will launch exclusively in the US, UK, Denmark and Sweden this month at an RRP of £60. “The new Peat Week bottling is a result of our continued efforts to innovate and trial flavours not typically associated with The Balvenie,” said Stewart. The Balvenie Peat Week is one of the first whiskies from The Balvenie to be made from 100% peated barely.