The Balvenie Distillery

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General
Pronunciation bal’venny or bal’v
Translation
Region Highlands / Speyside
Distiller William Grant & Sons Ltd.
Owner William Grant & Sons Ltd.
Address Dufftown
Moray
Banffshire
AB55 4BB
Scotland
Telephone +44 (0)1340 - 82 03 73
+44 (0)1340 - 82 08 05 (Fax)
LatLong 57° 27’ 29.6” N   03° 07’ 42.0” W
Altitude 145 m
Grid Reference NJ324414
Website www.thebalvenie.com
E-mail
Open to public Usually not open to public, but call +44 (0)1340 - 82 03 73 a couple of days in advance and maybe you’re lucky
Remarks
Own bottling line
Own floor maltings
Grow part of their own Barley
Has its own Coppersmith’s Shop (which is shared with Glenfiddich)
Has its own Cooperage (which is shared with Glenfiddich)
Maturation in new wood, Fino Sherry Casks (as finish only) and Oloroso Casks (as finish only)

History
1892
William Grant, of W. & J. Grant, bought the ground next to the Glenfiddich Distillery and built The Balvenie Distillery using second-hand stills from Lagavulin and Glen Albyn
1903
Incorporated as Wm. Grant
1957
Extended from two to four stills
1965
Extended from five to seven stills
1966
Stills became steamheated
1971
Extended from seven to eight stills
....
Installation of own bottling line
2006-Sep-25-29
The distillery has been shut for a week to replace the boiler by a new one

Technical Specifications
General Water Source
for production 30 sources in the Conval Hills (in time of shortage from the Robbie Dubh, the one of Glenfiddich from which Balvenie in the days gone by got her water as well), for cooling from the River Fiddich (first to Kininvie, then to Balvenie)
  Annual Output
  Finished Spirit (phenols)
  Blending Roles
single malt and blend (Grant’s, Clan MacGregor). Burnside is 99% Balvenie and 1% Glenfiddich when Balvenie is sold to other blenders to prevent of being sold to independent bottlers
Malt Malt Source
  Malt Type
  Malt Specification (phenols)
  Own Malting Floor
  Malt Storage
Mill
  Grist Storage
Mashing Mash Tun 1, stainless steel (next to the one of Kininvie)
  Mash Size
  First Water
  Second Water
  Third Water
  Fourth Water
Fermentation Washbacks 10 made of Oregon Pine
  Washback Charge
  Yeast
  Amount of Yeast
  Length of Fermentation
  Initial Fermentation Temp.
  Strength of Wash
Distillation Wash Stills 4
  Wash Still Built
  Wash Still Charge
  Heat Source steamheated
  Wash Still Height
  Lyne Arm
  Low Wines Run
  Low Wines Collection Range
  Spirit Stills
5
  Spirit Still Built
  Spirit Still Charge
  Strength of Spirit Still Charge
  Heat Source steamheated
  Spirit Still Height
  Lyne Arm
  Coolers
  Foreshot Run
  Spirit Run
  Feints Run
  Spirit Cut
  Distilling Strength
Storage Storage Strength
  Average Spirit Yield
  Disposal of Pot Ale/Spent Lees
  Type of Casks bourbon, sherry (18% used for the 12yo Double Wood)
  Warehouses
  Vatting and Bottling Location

Staff

Cooper
Don Ramsay
Coppersmith
Dennis McBain
Distillery Manager
Ian Millar
Malt Master
David Stewart
Maltman
Robbie Gormley
Mashman
Bill Duncan
Stillman
Graham Coutts
Warehouseman
Eric Stephen

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