Exclusive to travel shoppers, The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask 14yo is an unusual combo that produces unusual sipping. This Speyside whisky has been made exclusively from peated barley, resulting in the distinctive smokiness of any good peated malt, but with the accessible fruitiness of a classy Speyside.
A once common tradition, the use of peat in Speyside distilleries nearly became non-existent, in favour of the more famous spicy and fruity flavours. Fortunately for whisky aficonados, it didn’t, and the resulting drink is balanced and delicious.
The Balvenie dedicates a week every year – Peat Week – to the production of peated barley whisky, producing honeyed liquid with wonderful smoky notes. The 48.3% ABV expression has been matured three times in bourbon and sherry casks, creating a tantalising flavour combination of vanilla, cinnamon and ginger.
Perfect for a post-dinner tipple (and, hey, not bad before, during or, maybe even as dinner either), the Peated Triple Cask is available in global duty free outlets from June, with an RRP of US$83 (£65).
PretAirporter says: Lovely trademark Speyside sweetness merges gloriously with subtle hints of smoke, toffee and just about everything from your spice cabinet. The initial taste is smoky, followed by honey and fresh citrus, tailed by vanilla. The lingering finish is spicy with hints of a fine Habanos. A touch of Islay but in a Speyside. It’s different alright, but who are we to dictate for peat’s sake?