What makes a revered distillery like Balvenie special is that it delights in occasionally experimenting despite being one of the most traditional distilleries around. Consider the fact that they grow their own barley, have their own malting floor and their own coopers and coppersmiths. Ian Millar, Distillery Manager at Balvenie, inspired by a visit to Islay, ordered Speyside peat for his kiln and instituted ‘The Week of Peat’ – something they now do yearly before their annual cleaning and maintenance of their distillery equipment. The Balvenie 17 Year Old The Week of Peat has flavours of butterscotch honey, floral notes, citrus fruits and vanilla sweetness. It comes at a strength of 49.4% ABV and is non-chill filtered. This is a sweet and creamy whisky with a lovely aroma of peat smoke.