Balvenie has launched their newest variant, the limited edition 14-Year-Old Caribbean Cask ($99.95). The whisky is finished in a cask that once held Caribbean rum.
Dr. Whisky, Samuel Simmons, is one of the world’s most respected whisky experts. His moniker is also the name of his Scotch-centric blog. He explains that when whisky is produced it’s clear, in the aging process in casks is where it takes on much of it’s colouring and certain flavours. The Balvenie’s Peated Cask Whisky, for example, has taken on a smoky, rich flavour from its finishing cask. The Caribbean Cask Whisky has a rich and creamy toffee on the nose, and on the taste releases notes of sweet oak and vanilla with a fruity aftertaste.
The Balvenie Distillery takes pride in their work and maintains traditional practices. They’re only distilleries that still grow their own barley as well as employing a traditional coppersmith and cooperage.
David Stewart, the distillery’s malt master is to thank for the variety of limited edition single malts that The Balvenie produces each year. The malt master is the longest serving distiller in Scotland and has over forty-five years experience.
For pairing with a cigar, Simmons suggests the Balvenie Doublewood. The Caribbean Cask and the Peated Cask whisky he cites as being excellent to have on hand for a change of pace from standard scotches as they offer unique and complex flavours.