A year after the first chapter was released, The Balvenie has added to its DCS Compendium, with the second installment, 'Influence of Oak'.
The second chapter features five rare single malts, demonstrating the influence different oak barrels have over the flavour of the spirit.
The Balvenie DCS Compendium is malt master David Stewart MBE’s handover of his knowledge in both written and liquid form that will see 25 rare and vintage casks released over five years. The Balvenie DCS Compendium captures the breadth of David’s achievement and contributions to the industry and his craft.
Commenting on The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two, David Stewart MBE, says: “As a malt master, I’m very lucky to have been trusted to experiment with different cask finishes and even try out my own techniques to see how they effect the distinctive honeyed characteristics of The Balvenie. Understanding how the oak and the previous spirit, or fortified wine held by the cask influences the whisky is a very important part of my job.
“This chapter highlights the complexity of flavours each expression takes from wood. I love the results from the older oloroso sherry butt, which has produced a whisky with a fantastic floral and fruity nose, followed by a wonderful honeyed sweetness. The whisky taken from the 2001 pedro ximénez sherry butt is unusual, it shows The Balvenie as a near liqueur with toffee sweetness and a touch of spicy ginger.”
The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two whiskies are:
As with each chapter in the The Balvenie DCS Compendium, Chapter Two is presented in a bespoke walnut and brass frame, crafted by Scottish wood craftsman Sam Chinnery. The rarity of each expressions is highlighted by an individual number engraved on the presentation case, showing it is one of just 50 sets available worldwide. Individual bottles from the set will also be available in single walnut presentation frames.
The complete set will retail around £20,000.
29 October 2016 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, editorial assistant