Peter Gordon (of the Grant family clan) was in Calgary, Alberta a few weeks ago - and he shared the story of the pending demise of the Balvenie 10; how it didn't have a fit in the line going forward and that there was greater interest in the Balvenie 12 DW and older expressions. Jim Murray was in attendance at this Tasting hosted by Peter. Jim and I sat and listened... and then Jim shared with those in the room his fond memories of time spent at The Balvenie and his respect for David Stewart - as one of the greats. Jim later chatted with Peter and did his best to share his views.
The Balvenie 10 is a great whisky - not finished, like the 12 Doublewood and not single barrel bottlings like the 15 - it deserves recognition for what it is and should not be shot down by the "age biased"... It would be a huge mistake to discontinue this fine example of how good a young, quality whisky can be.
Perhaps a few voices in support of The Balvenie would be helpful to the folks at Wm. Grants ... Comments?
Have sales for the Balvenie 10 really tailed off that much? It would be a shame to see such a lively and rich malt fall by the wayside (though I have no complaints about the Double-Wood or the Port Finish). I'm happy to show my support for the Balvenie 10 via my Amex card again -- it's a lot of whisky for a very reasonable price.
Peter Clarke wrote:"(...) there is, I'm happy to say, still plenty of supplies of 10yo for the immediate future in Germany. The Balvenie team in Scotland is constantly looking at new ways to maximise the best from Balvenie stocks and with the worldwide consumer demand for Balvenie 12yo growing year by year the longer term plan is to re-position The Balvenie with its starting age at 12years.
However, the range for different Balvenie products will continue to be pushed and in addition to the 12yo there will be an on-going vintage 13yo - this year it is the 1991, a 15yo Single Barrel & 21 Portwood yo, plus the top of the range 30yo.
I hope that these will continue to impress you and that there will be more than enough to choose from this year and in the longer term future."
MrTattieHeid wrote:Stock up. A handful of letters from enthusiasts, no matter how impassioned, cannot stand up to the masses of consumers voting with their wallets.
I haven't had the 10 yo before, but the 12Double Wood was what got me drinking scotch. Based on this, I picked up a couple bottles of 10 yo on my way home last night. $36 Cdn each at my local Sobey's (might have been cheaper at Real Canadian, but it wasn't on my route). Stashed them in the back of the cabinet... need to finsh off a few other things that have been open for a year or so before I sample one.
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