Balvenie 2002 DCS Compendium 16 Year Old Chapter #5
This bottle forms part of the final release of Balvenie's five-part DCS Compendium, which is a tribute to malt master, David Stewart.
Balvenie was built by William Grant in 1892 and remains part of his family's company to this day. In the early part of its history, its purpose was primarily for the provision of malt for Grant's blends, however following the global success of Glenfiddich, the Balvenie single malt brand was launched in 1973. It remained a rarity though, and it was not until the opening of Kininvie in 1990, and later Ailsa Bay in Girvan, that the distillery was given the freedom to focus on its single malt. Today it is one of the best recognised brands in the world. In 1993 they launched the 12 year old "DoubleWood," an expression credited with pioneering the use of cask-finishing, and this has become a key motif for the distillery's output in recent times.
It consists of a 2002 vintage, cask strength, 16 year old Balvenie matured in a first fill American oak barrel.
Filled on 18th September 2002 and bottled in 2019. One of 160 bottles.