Extensive website and the opportunity to join Balvenie's Warehouse 24 - named after the oldest surviving part of the distillery, it's for those who want to get a little closer to The Balvenie and the craft of whisky making. It offers access to exclusive events and competitions and early notice of new releases.
Balvenie does welcome visitors, but not in the same way as its neighbour Glenfiddich. Balvenie's tours are twice a day Monday to Thursday (10am/2pm) and 10am only on Fridays. The tours cost £25 and last 3 hours, including the maltings and cooperage. For an extra £25 you can bottle your own Balvenie in Warehouse 24.
William Grant worked at Mortlach Distillery for 20 years before deciding he had enough experience to start a distillery of his own. Gleniddich's first spirit flowed on 25th December 1887. The distillery was a success and by 1892, Grant had bought more land next door and built Balvenie Distillery.
Malt Madness, Wikipedia, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk ScotchWhiskyNet Undiscovered Scotland
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Nearest National Rail stations are Elgin (ELG) (14 miles), Keith (KEH) (10) or Huntly (HNT) (13). Live train times: ELG, KEH, HNT. The preserved Keith & Dufftown railway runs up to 3 trips a day at weekends in summer and some Fridays too - also during Speyside Festivals.
Balvenie is next to Dufftown station, half a mile down the hill from Dufftown Square on the road to Craigellachie.
Balvenie's range currently starts with the 12yo Doublewood (40%) and also includes a 14yo Caribbean Cask (43%), 17yo Doublewood (43%), 15yo Single Barrel (cask strength). The 12yo Signature (40%) is still widely available, but has been consigned to the Archive according to the website. There are also very limited bottlings of 30, 40 and 50yo Balvenie. LFW and TWE stock the 40yo, but I've not seen the 50yo on sale - only 88 bottles were released!
Independent bottlings extremely rare - and likely to have been bottled several years ago. Scott's Selection have recently bottled a "teaspooned" Balvenie as Burnside blended malt.
LFW, RMW, TWE
Nearest Bike shops - Elgin:(17 miles), Huntly (14)
Bikes and Bowls 7 High Street, Elgin 01343 549656
Halfords Lossie Wynd N, Elgin 01343 552030
Autospares of Huntly 49 Duke Street 01466 793682
Charlie Millett Dufftown 01340 820991
Not a shop - has a page on the Dufftown.net website - provides repairs and spares - assisted Whisky Cyclist in 2014 when stranded in Craigellachie with damaged tyre.
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Balvenie Distillery are available on Flickr.