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The Balvenie unveils three new Cask Finishes whiskies

Scotch whisky maker The Balvenie has unveiled three new whiskies in its Cask Finishes range. 

Two of the new expressions from the Speyside distillery will be launched exclusively into the travel retail market on 1 April.

The new GTR expressions, aged 15 and 18 years, feature Madeira and Pedro Ximénez finishing casks respectively, while the third whisky, a 16-year-old, was finished in French Pineau casks - the first time this cask type has been used by The Balvenie for a domestic release in its 129-year history.

The new whiskies were craft by The Balvenie's malt master David Stewart MBE. He said: "It is no secret that I enjoy sweet wines like Madeira and, when introduced to Pineau, I was instantly impressed by the flavour profile and interested to see what these casks would bring to The Balvenie."

Charles Metcalfe, global brand ambassador for The Balvenie, said: "Pineau casks are rarely seen in the Scotch whisky industry and they have paired with the Balvenie spirit perfectly, adding orchard fruits and a citrusy zing. 

"The extra sweetness and richness from the Pedro Ximénez cask adds a lovely rich weight to the palate of our 18 Years Old, with all of those delicious dark fruits coming through."

Lindsay Hitzeroth, William Grant & Sons head of customer marketing, GTR, added: "The [GTR] channel has always been about discovery, offering consumers the opportunity to find something new and different, yet with the confidence of brand knowledge and integrity.

"As travel now begins to show real recovery... we will continue to inspire and engage consumers with The Balvenie 15 Years Old Madeira Cask and 18 Years Old Pedro Ximénez Cask, both delivering the quality of liquid and iconic appeal that luxury shoppers will be searching for."

The Balvenie Madeira Cask 15 Years Old and The Balvenie Pedro Ximénez Sherry Cask 18 Years Old launch in global travel retail on 1 April in locations including Hainan, Seoul Incheon, Amsterdam Schipol, Berlin and Budapest.

The Balvenie French Oak 16 Years Old joins three other expressions in the domestic The Balvenie Cask Finishes range: Doublewood 12 Years Old, Caribbean Cask 14 Years Old, and Portwood 21 Years Old.

28 March 2022 - Bethany Whymark