The Balvenie Releases 16-Year French Oak Scotch


July 29, 2022

The Balvenie 16 Year

The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky unveiled the latest expression within its Cask Finishes Range: The Balvenie French Oak 16-Year-Old, a single malt finished in casks that previously held Pineau wine from the French Charentes vineyards.

Inspired by William Grant & Sons U.S. Ambassador Lorne Cousin’s flavor journey through wine making regions of France, the new expression explores the use of Pineau French Oak casks for the first time in the distillery’s 130-year history. Pineau des Charentes, or simply Pineau, is a fortified wine made from unfermented grape juice, to which Cognac eau-de-vie is added and then matured. The result is a refreshingly concise finish and rich flavor profile, marked by the energizing taste of tangy lemon rind and grapefruit in combination with the subtle sweetness of glazed fruits and root ginger spice.

The French Oak 16-Year-Old joins DoubleWood 12-Year-Old, Caribbean Cask 14-Year-Old and Portwood 21-Year-Old as part of The Balvenie’s Cask Finishes Range. Each expression within the Cask Finishes Range has been crafted using cask finishing, a technique pioneered by Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE in 1983. The French Oak 16-Year-Old marks the latest permanent addition to the range since the introduction of the Caribbean Cask 14-Year-Old in 2013.

The Balvenie French Oak, bottled at 47.6%, is now available across the U.S. at a suggested retail price of $174.99.

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