Born in 1992, ‘A Day of Dark Barley’ is matured 26-years and has been bottled at its peak of flavor and complexity, but the maturity isn’t the nexus for its plot. The story begins with a day when David Stewart ordered an unusual batch of barley from Balvenie’s maltman, Robbie Gormley. This barley was over-roasted, dry, brittle, and almost black in color. The resulting well-aged whisky shows notes of smoke-laden malt with complex accents of orange blossom honey, chocolate-hazelnut brittle, toffee, and a hint of tangy citrus. A lasting finish with hints of oak spice, brown sugar, and ginger highlights the climax of this story. A instant epic that is unlike any single malt we’ve tasted in recent memory.
Thanks to a special combination of natural alchemy and centuries old craftsmanship, The Balvenie is unique among single malt producers in Scotland. One of the few remaining distilleries to grow and malt their own barley in-house, they also have a resident coppersmith who maintains the stills, and they employ a team of coopers who ensure each barrel is in perfect condition before they are filled. Lastly, their Malt Master David Stewart presides over the all-important maturation process. Their attention to detail and ability to control all processes from start to finish has made them a favorite among those in the know. Come taste what all the fuss is about!